2019 Hong Kong protests - updates

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Hong Kong prosecutors add riot charges over legislature siege

Jun 10, 2020 - 11:43 PM

Prosecutors add rioting – a colonial-era law that carries up to 10 years in prison – to existing charges against prominent pro-democracy figures in Hong Kong

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Protesters break into the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

China's Xi gives Hong Kong leader 'unwavering support'

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:35 PM

Protesters have called for the unpopular Carrie Lam to stand down as leader, but she receives the backing of China's leadership during a visit to Beijing on Monday, December 16

LAM IN BEIJING. This handout photograph taken and released by the Hong Kong Government on December 16, 2019 shows Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meeting with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam during her annual duty visit, in Hong Kong Hall at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. AFP PHOTO/HONG KONG GOVERNMENT

Hong Kongers mark half a year of protest with mammoth rally

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) Organizers bill the protest as a 'last chance' for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to meet their demands

Hong Kong protesters vow weekend rally and 'last chance' for leader

Dec 06, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Activists say anger is building once more after chief executive Carrie Lam and Beijing ruled out any further concessions despite the pro-establishment drubbing

LAST CHANCE? In this file photo taken on July 1, 2019, protesters gather outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. File photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

[OPINION] The voters of Hong Kong have spoken

Nov 26, 2019 - 5:09 PM

The protest must now be seen not as a young people’s movement, but as a grassroots rejection of Beijing’s rule

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China's Xi says HK violence threatens 'one country, two systems' – state media

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Xi Jinping says Beijing 'firmly supports' Hong Kong's government and police and that 'stopping violence and controlling chaos while restoring order is currently Hong Kong's most urgent task'

4TH DAY. Protesters gather on a blocked road at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 14, 2019. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

Hong Kong police shoot protester as protests start working week

Nov 11, 2019 - 9:48 AM

A police source confirms that live rounds were fired at more than one protester in Sai Wan Ho on Monday morning, November 11

ARRESTED. A video grab taken from Cupid News on November 11, 2019, shows a pro-democracy protester (top) bleeding and lying on the ground after he was shot in the chest by a police man during a protest in Sai Wan Ho district, in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO/CUPID NEWS

Beijing ends key conclave with promise to protect Hong Kong

Oct 31, 2019 - 10:53 PM

'The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region...must be governed in strict accordance with the Constitution and the Basic Law,' the communique reads

'PROTECT' HONG KONG. In this file photo, a police van drives past graffiti sprayed onto a pedestrian crossing by protesters in the Mong Kok district of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 27, 2019. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Clashes as Hong Kong protesters don Halloween masks

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:14 PM

(UPDATED) Small flashmob rallies break out in multiple locations on Thursday evening, October 31

HALLOWEEN PROTEST. A line of policemen stop Halloween revellers in the Lan Kwai Fong area in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Murderer who triggered Hong Kong protests will go to Taiwan – pastor

Oct 18, 2019 - 6:19 PM

Police have rejected an application for a large rally on Sunday, October 20, saying they fear hardcore protesters would hijack it and turn violent

UMBRELLA MOVEMENT. Protesters gather at a main road near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong on September 28, 2019, on the fifth anniversary of the "Umbrella Movement." Photo by Mohd Rasfan

Angry emojis flood Hong Kong leader's Facebook Live chat

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:35 AM

Angry faces significantly outnumber hearts and likes left by viewers on the hour-long Facebook Live broadcast, while critics also use the comments section to pile on

ANGRY REACTIONS. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam goes live on Facebook. Screenshot from Carrie Lam's Facebook page

'People of Hong Kong' nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 16, 2019 - 8:16 PM

The initiative is likely to displease China, which was already angered by the Nobel Committee's 2010 decision to give the award to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who has since died

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

U.S. senator warns Hong Kong becoming 'police state' as thousands rally

Oct 14, 2019 - 10:59 PM

On Monday night, October 14, a huge crowd fills Hong Kong's commercial district to show support for a US bill that could dramatically alter Washington's relationship with the trading hub

PROTESTS. Hong Kong police detain a man (C-face sideways) during protests in the Tseung Kwan O area of Kowloon in Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Protesters erect 'Lady Liberty' statue on Hong Kong mountain top

Oct 13, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The statue – a regular feature at protests – makes her final journey to the top of Lion Rock, which is intimately linked to the city's democracy movement

PROTEST SYMBOL. This aerial photo shows a 4-meter statue known as "Lady Liberty" (R), after it was hauled by pro-democracy protesters to the top of Lion Rock, one of the Hong Kong's most famous mountain tops, on October 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Multiple arrests in Hong Kong as 'flashmob' protests hit pro-Beijing targets

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:36 PM

(UPDATED) Rallies erupt in multiple neighborhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows, and erecting barricades

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Hong Kong police detain a man for an unknown reason outside a shopping centre in the Tai Koo area of Hong Kong on October 13, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Hong Kong cabinet member floats internet curbs to contain unrest

Oct 07, 2019 - 9:11 PM

'The government will not rule out the possibility of placing a ban on the internet,' says Ip Kwok-him, a veteran pro-Beijing politician and member of Hong Kong's executive council

HONG KONG PROTESTS. A man looks at the burnt and defaced entrance to the entrance to the Causeway Bay MTR underground train system after the weekend protests forced the rail network to shut down, in Hong Kong on October 7, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Pepe the protest frog? Hong Kong kids aren't alt-right

Oct 05, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Pepe the Frog's embrace by Hong Kongers is the latest bizarre twist in the fate of a cartoon character who went from relative internet obscurity to international notoriety

A woman wears a “Pepe the Frog" headband during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong on September 30, 2019. Millions have hit the streets during nearly four months of pro-democracy protests, and hardcore activists have repeatedly clashed with police, in the biggest challenge to China's rule since the city's handover from Britain in 1997. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

'We fear Hong Kong will become just another Chinese city': An interview with Martin Lee

Oct 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

'We’re proving that Beijing’s power is not invincible or inevitable. We’re demonstrating that failure is not falling down but refusing to stand up,' says Martin Lee, affectionately known as the 'grandfather of Hong Kong democracy'

'GRANDFATHER OF HONG KONG DEMOCRACY'. Barrister and former lawmaker Martin Lee speaks following a silent march against what lawyers and members of the election committee's legal sector claim is political persecution by the Secretary for Justice, while demanding an independent inquiry into the anti-extradition law crisis, in Hong Kong on August 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

All Hong Kong rail services to remain suspended after protest violence – MTR

Oct 05, 2019 - 8:42 AM

(UPDATED) MTR maintenance staff must ensure their own safety before carrying out the necessary repairs

Riot police stand guard inside a train station in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on September 15, 2019. Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas and water cannons on September 15 at hardcore pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, in a return to the political chaos plaguing the city. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

The colonial-era law that gives Hong Kong leader sweeping powers

Oct 04, 2019 - 8:30 PM

It is the first time in 52 years that these emergency powers have been invoked and the only time since the city was returned to China by Britain in 1997

CARRIE LAM. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a press conference in Hong Kong on September 17, 2019. File photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Shot HK protester charged by police, as gov't moves to 'ban face masks'

Oct 03, 2019 - 6:04 PM

(UPDATED) Police say Tsang Chi-kin, 18, has been charged with rioting and two counts of assaulting officers. The school student faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

FACE MASKS. This photo taken on August 31 shows protester 'Ryan' (left) having his mask adjusted by a friend outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Sit-in at school of Hong Kong protester shot by police

Oct 02, 2019 - 10:11 AM

The international finance hub is reeling from the shooting, the first time a demonstrator has been struck with a live round in nearly 4 months of increasingly violent pro-democracy protests

Riot police fire projectiles against protesters in the Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on October 1, 2019, as violent demonstrations take place in the streets of the city on the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Strife-torn Hong Kong on October 1 marked the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding with defiant "Day of Grief" protests and fresh clashes with police as pro-democracy activists ignored a ban and took to the streets across the city.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Police shoot Hong Kong protester as China celebrates 70th birthday

Oct 01, 2019 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) It is the first such shooting in nearly 4 months of increasingly violent protests and threatens to strip the spotlight from China's carefully choreographed birthday party

CLASH. Hong Kong police detain a protester (C) during demonstrations in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong on October 1 as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong leader endures barrage of anger at town hall meeting

Sep 26, 2019 - 10:30 PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam faces more than two hours of grilling at a public 'dialogue session,' the first time her pro-Beijing administration has sat down with its critics in 16 consecutive weeks of unrest

FIRST TIME. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (centre R) listens to a question as she takes part in a town hall meeting at Queen Elizabeth Stadium in the Wanchai district of Hong Kong on September 26, 2019, with some 150 people picked via lottery after more than 20,000 people applied to attend the event. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Amnesty International says Hong Kong police using excessive force

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:52 PM

'In an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong's security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics against people during the protests,' says Amnesty International

Police personnel fire tear-gas shells to disperse Pro-Democracy protestors in the Sham Shui Po Area of Hong Kong on August 14, 2019. More than 10 weeks of sometimes-violent demonstrations have wracked the semi-autonomous city, with millions taking to the streets to demand democratic reforms and police accountability. Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

China rebukes Washington after HK activists make Congress plea

Sep 19, 2019 - 7:43 PM

China's foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang calls for the US to 'stop interfering in Hong Kong's affairs in any form'

CONGRESS PLEA. Secretary-General of Hong Kong's Demosisto party and leader of the 'Umbrella Movement' Joshua Wong (L), and pro-democracy activist and Cantopop singer Denise Ho (R) wait for the beginning of a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China September 17, 2019, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. File photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

Hong Kong activists take cause to U.S. Congress, urge pressure on Beijing

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:50 AM

Cantopop star Denise Ho and activist Joshua Wong testify before a congressional commission in Washington in support of US legislation aimed at defending Hong Kongers' civil rights

FOR HONG KONG. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong looks on during a hearing before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on September 17, 2019. Photo by Alastair Pike/AFP

Hong Kong hills shine with protest lights in festival-themed rally

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:07 PM

Activists use the night as a way to keep their movement buoyant with no signs of protests abating

SHINE. Pro-democracy demonstrators use the torch lights of their phones and hold lanterns while forming a human chain on Victoria Peak in Hong Kong on September 13, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong festival mooncakes get a protest makeover

Sep 13, 2019 - 1:28 PM

Naomi Suen's mooncakes are a contemporary political twist on a gift traditionally given during the annual mid-autumn festival at a time when Hong Kong is convulsing with unprecedented unrest

DELICIOUS, DEFIANT. This picture taken on September 10, 2019 shows mooncakes, adorned with a popular slogan from recent pro-democracy protests, being prepared for the annual mid-autumn festival at a bakery in Hong Kong.  Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Hong Kong's Joshua Wong denies he's a separatist

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:22 AM

'Some brand me as a separatist. But just let me make it clear: Hong Kong is asking for election system reform. We just hope to elect our own government. We just hope to elect the chief executive of Hong Kong,' Wong says

NOT SEPERATISTS. Hong Kong activists Joshua Wong (right) and Glacier Kwong during a press conference at the Bundespressekonferenz, on September 11, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by Michele Tantussi/AFP

China fury as Hong Kong's Joshua Wong meets German foreign minister

Sep 10, 2019 - 7:37 PM

'Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has the right to intervene,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

MEETING. Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong (L) talks with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas as they attend the 'Bild100' event organized by Germany's tabloid Bild on September 9, 2019 in Berlin. Photo by Michael Kappeler/dpa/AFP

Hong Kong protesters take message to U.S. consulate

Sep 08, 2019 - 4:29 PM

Protesters call on the US to pressure Beijing to meet their demands and for Congress to pass a recently proposed bill that expresses support for the protest

HK PROTESTS. Protesters wave US national flags as they march from Chater Garden to the US consulate in Hong Kong on September 8, 2019. Photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

Hong Kong protesters reject leader's concession with new rallies

Sep 06, 2019 - 11:17 PM

Online messaging forums used by the largely leaderless movement have called for protesters to 'stress test' the airport on Saturday afternoon, September 7

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Protesters gather outside Prince Edward MTR station in Hong Kong on September 6, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Merkel in Beijing says Hong Kong freedoms must be 'guaranteed'

Sep 06, 2019 - 10:41 PM

'In the current situation everything must be done to avoid violence.... And the solutions can only be found in a political process – meaning through dialogue,' says German Chancellor Angela Merkel

MERKEL ON HONG KONG. Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel (L) gives a speech next to Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the German-Chinese Dialogue Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on September 6, 2019. Photo by Andrea Verdelli/Pool/AFP

Fitch downgrades Hong Kong citing protests and China fears

Sep 06, 2019 - 4:51 PM

In a statement on Friday, September 6, Fitch announces it is downgrading the city as an issuer of long-term foreign currency debt from an AA+ rating to AA with a negative outlook

HONG KONG PROTESTS. Thousands of protesters dressed in black take part in a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Hong Kong on June 16, 2019. File photo by Hector Retamal/AFP

Cathay Pacific chairman John Slosar retiring

Sep 04, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Slosar's departure ends a nearly four-decade career with Swire and Cathay and caps a tumultuous month of sudden management changes at the airline as it tries to claw its way out of Beijing's bad books

RETIREMENT. In this file photo, Cathay Pacific's Chairman John Slosar attends a press conference on the company's half-year results in Hong Kong on August 16, 2017. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong leader insists she will stay on

Sep 03, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam is speaking after Reuters news agency released an audio recording of her telling business leaders last week that she wanted to step down and take responsibility for the unrest

NOT STEPPING DOWN. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam (R) speaks to the media during her weekly press conference in Hong Kong on September 3, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Scorned in China, the Hong Kong singer who chose politics over career

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:26 PM

'I see myself as one of the participants of this movement. Hopefully I can give some moral support to these young people, to let them know that they are not alone in this fight,' says Cantopop star Denise Ho

ACTIVIST. This photo taken on August 28, 2019 shows Hong Kong Cantopop singer, actress and LGBT activist Denise Ho speaking to AFP during a #MeToo rally calling on the Hong Kong police to answer accusations of sexual violence against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Hong Kong police use water cannon in latest clashes

Aug 25, 2019 - 4:56 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Police have previously said the water cannon vehicles would only be used in the event of a 'large-scale public disturbance'

HK POLICE. Police clear the streets of Tseun Wan in Hong Kong on August 25, 2019 in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Tear gas fired as Hong Kong police, protesters clash

Aug 24, 2019 - 4:42 PM

(UPDATED) Thousands of demonstrators march through the industrial Kwun Tong area, where they are blocked by dozens of riot police with shields and batons outside a police station

UK consulate staffer returns to Hong Kong after China detention

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:50 PM

(UPDATED) Simon Cheng is back in Hong Kong after being detained for 15 days in China for an alleged crime that his family says was made up

CONCERNED. A general view shows the exterior of the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on August 20, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong protesters form human chain 30 years after Baltic Way

Aug 24, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The Baltic Way was one of the largest ever anti-Soviet demonstrations, when more than one million people linked hands to form a human chain on August 23, 1989

People hold hands and use their phone torches as they form a human chain along a pedestrian crossing in Hong Kong on August 23, 2019. - The protest in Hong Kong coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Baltic Way demonstration in 1989, which saw about 2 million people form a human chain that spanned over 600 kilometres across Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in protest against Soviet occupation. The Hong Kong protests, which have dragged on for nearly three months, started in opposition to a bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China but soon bled into a wider pro-democracy movement. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Chinese state media accuses Hong Kong metro of aiding protesters

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:19 PM

Chinese state-backed outlets accuse Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway company of abetting protesters by offering them a free and 'exclusive' train to escape police after a sit-in protest

Google says YouTube campaign targeted Hong Kong protests

Aug 23, 2019 - 7:58 AM

A Google online post says we 'disabled 210 channels on YouTube when we discovered channels in this network behaved in a coordinated manner while uploading videos related to the ongoing protests in Hong Kong'

GOOGLE. A man walks past the logo of the US multinational technology company Google during the VivaTech trade fair ( Viva Technology), on May 24, 2018 in Paris. Photo by Alain Jocard / AFP

Hong Kong students to boycott new term as protests continue

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Student leaders representing most of the city's major universities say students will miss lectures between September 2 – the planned start of the new term – and September 13

BOYCOTT. Protesters attend a secondary student school rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on August 22, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

[OPINION] Can Hong Kong’s rule of law survive the anti-extradition bill protest movement?

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:11 PM

A close observer of Hong Kong affairs tries to answer the question on the minds of Hong Kong residents as well as the international community

Tensions linger as HK protesters mark 'triad' attack at metro station

Aug 21, 2019 - 10:26 PM

(UPDATED) Some protesters put on hard hats and gas masks, while others spray fire extinguishers and pour detergent, beer, and oil on the concourse to impede entry by the police who have massed outside

SIT-IN PROTEST. Protesters cover their eyes as they take part in a silent rally at Yuen Long MTR station in Hong Kong on August 21, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Twitter, Facebook accuse China of Hong Kong discord campaign

Aug 20, 2019 - 7:26 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The tech giants announce they had suspended nearly 1,000 active accounts linked to the campaign. Twitter says it shut down about 200,000 more before they could inflict any damage.

Hong Kong protesters flood city streets in largest rally in weeks

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:40 AM

(UPDATED) Sunday's rally at the city's Victoria Park is an attempt to wrestle the narrative of the protest back

Protesters gather for a rally in Victoria Park in Hong Kong on August 18, 2019, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since morphed into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city. - Hong Kong democracy activists gathered August 18 for a major rally to show the city's leaders their protest movement still attracts wide public support despite mounting violence and increasingly stark warnings from Beijing. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP)

Rival rallies as Hong Kong's divisions deepen

Aug 17, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The new marches came as thousands of pro-government supporters gathered in a park to condemn their opponents and support the police

RIVALS. Pro-government supporters gesture as they watch a display showing the China national flag and the Hong Kong flag during a rally at Tamar Park in Hong Kong on August 17, 2019. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP