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Hand signals and shields: how Hong Kong's parliament was stormed

Jul 06, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Many of the current generation of largely young protesters proudly repeat the phrase 'be like water', a philosophy of adaptability and unpredictability espoused by martial arts master and local legend Bruce Lee

Protesters prepare to leave the main chamber of the government headquarters in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019, after they stormed into the building hours before, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Hong Kong police fired tear gas early on July 2 to regain control of the city's parliament after thousands of protesters occupied and ransacked the assembly in an unprecedented display of defiance on the anniversary of the territory's handover to China. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

First charges against Hong Kong anti-government protester

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:42 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities have vowed to hunt those behind the unrest that has plunged the semi-autonomous city's Beijing-backed government into crisis

DEFACE. A protester defaces the Hong Kong emblem after protesters broke into the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019, on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Anti-government protesters stormed Hong Kong's parliament building late on July 1 after successfully smashing their way through reinforced glass windows and prizing open metal shutters that were blocking their way. VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

'One country, two systems': Hong Kong's special status

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:31 AM

The 'one country, two systems' deal is at the center of the row between London and Beijing

A woman places signs on a fence next to the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on July 4, 2019. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades. HECTOR RETAMAL / AFP

China, Britain wage war of words over Hong Kong

Jul 04, 2019 - 7:31 AM

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman says UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt 'seems to be fantasizing in the faded glory of British colonialism and in the bad habit of gesticulating while looking down on other countries' affairs'

Graffiti and umbrellas are seen outside the main chamber of the Legislative Council during a media tour in Hong Kong on July 3, 2019, two days after protesters broke into the complex. Hong Kong authorities on July 3 vowed to hunt down the protesters who ransacked parliament in an unprecedented challenge to the Beijing-backed government, as the city grapples with its biggest political crisis in decades.  Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Hong Kong police vow action over parliament ransacking

Jul 03, 2019 - 9:53 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities are analyzing DNA samples and fingerprints to identify suspects and are planning raids to arrest them 'in the near future,' according to a report

SCENES AFTER. Police arrive in the Legislative Council main chamber after protesters stormed the government headquarters hours before in Hong Kong early on July 2, 2019. Filephoto by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Furious China calls Hong Kong student leader 'enemy of the people'

May 14, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The vilification of the 21-year-old Alice Cheung comes as concern grows there is no longer room for open political debate in Hong Kong under pressure from Beijing

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. This undated handout photo taken by Tou Man and provided by Alice Cheung on May 14, 2018, shows Alice Cheung, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, posing in Hong Kong. Photo by Tou Man / AFP

Rappler Talk: Emily Lau on the democratic situation in the Asia-Pacific region

Aug 31, 2017 - 10:40 AM

Watch the interview with former HK Legislative Council Emily Lau on Rappler

Hong Kong launches legal bid against 4 pro-democracy lawmakers

Dec 02, 2016 - 8:52 PM

It comes as concerns grow that Beijing is stepping up interference in the semi autonomous city s politics after two lawmakers advocating a complete split from China were banned from taking up their seats in parliament

The flags of China (top) and Hong Kong are seen hoisted outside the Legislative Council (Legco) building in Hong Kong on November 16, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong's anti-China lawmakers lose appeal over ban

Nov 30, 2016 - 11:56 AM

The judgement says the court s duty to apply the city s constitution known as the Basic Law outweighed the doctrine of separation of powers and non intervention

Pro-independence lawmakers Baggio Leung (R) and Yau Wai-ching (L) speak to the press outside the High Court in Hong Kong on November 15, 2016, after a court ruled to disqualify two pro-independence lawmakers from parliament. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Anti-China lawmakers disqualified from Hong Kong parliament

Nov 15, 2016 - 8:19 PM

UPDATED Judge: Mr Leung and Ms Yau have been disqualified from assuming and have vacated the office of a member of the Legislative Council

In this file photo, newly-elected lawmaker Baggio Leung Chung-hang (R) holds up a Legislative Council book next to fellow pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching (L) while being surrounded by the press after arriving at the Legislative Council main chamber in Hong Kong on October 26, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Thousands attend pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong

Nov 13, 2016 - 10:25 PM

The cancer cells are those who are promoting Hong Kong independence we will fight them to the end lawmaker Michael Tien tells the cheering crowd

Pro-Beijing demonstrators shout slogans and wave flags outside the Hong Kong Legislative Council on November 13, 2016, during a rally in support of an interpretation of the city's constitution -- the Basic Law -- by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC), over the oath-taking attempts by newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching at the Legislative Council last month.  Thousands of people attended a pro-Beijing rally in Hong Kong on November 13 in support of China's decision to effectively bar two pro-independence legislators from taking office, as fears grow of the city's freedoms being under threat. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

China says elected Hong Kong lawmakers can't retake oaths

Nov 07, 2016 - 10:47 AM

UPDATED An oath that did not conform to Hong Kong s law should be determined to be invalid and cannot be retaken the Communist controlled National People s Congress in Beijing said

In this file photo, newly-elected lawmaker Baggio Leung Chung-hang (R) holds up a Legislative Council book next to fellow pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching (L) while being surrounded by the press after arriving at the Legislative Council main chamber in Hong Kong on October 26, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong police use pepper spray at anti-China protest

Nov 06, 2016 - 11:35 PM

Hong Kong has its own legal system it should not be controlled by Chinese authorities argues a protester

Police use pepper spray to stop protesters charging outside the Chinese Liason Office in Hong Kong on November 6, 2016, during a protest against an expected interpretation of the city's constitution -- the Basic Law -- by China's National People's Congress Standing Committee (NPCSC) over the invalid oath-taking attempts by newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching at the Legislative Council last month. Thousands took to Hong Kong's streets on November 6 after Beijing said it would step into an escalating row over whether two city lawmakers who advocate a split from China should be banned from taking up their seats. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC LAWRENCE

Standoff in Hong Kong legislature over pro-independence oaths

Oct 26, 2016 - 1:54 PM

New pro independence lawmakers Yau Wai ching and Baggio Leung are yet to be sworn in to the Legislative Council

Newly-elected lawmaker Baggio Leung Chung-hang (R) holds up a Legislative Council book next to fellow pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching (L) while being surrounded by the press after arriving at the Legislative Council main chamber in Hong Kong on October 26, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong pro-independence lawmakers blocked from taking oath

Oct 19, 2016 - 3:38 PM

Rival lawmakers clash in a heated shouting match after the pro Beijing camp walked out of the swearing in session

HEATED DEBATE. Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung (L), known as Long Hair, argues with pro-Beijing lawmaker Priscilla Leung Mei-fun at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on October 19, 2016. Tengku Bahar/AFP

Hong Kong leader in court battle with pro-independence lawmakers

Oct 19, 2016 - 7:57 AM

Hong Kong s leader launches a court bid against two pro independence lawmakers which could block them from taking up their parliamentary seats

Newly elected lawmaker Yau Wai-ching, 25, stands in front of a flag that reads 'Hong Kong is Not China' as she takes the Legislative Council Oath at the first meeting of the Sixth Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 12, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Rebel Hong Kong lawmakers challenge China in parliament

Oct 12, 2016 - 1:57 PM

Hong Kong rebel lawmakers shouted banged drums and railed against tyranny when they took their oaths of office in the city s parliament

Newly elected lawmaker Nathan Law (2nd R), 23, stands next to fellow lawmaker Eddie Chu (R), 38, as he speaks after the microphone was turned off after he took the Legislative Council Oath at the first meeting of the Sixth Legislative Council (Legco) in Hong Kong on October 12, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Newly elected Hong Kong lawmaker reports 'death threats'

Sep 08, 2016 - 8:10 PM

Eddie Chu who is also an environmentalist says he was unable to go home because he was being stalked and the safety of his family threatened

New anti-establishment lawmaker Eddie Chu (L) arrives to make a report to the police at Wanchai police station in Hong Kong on September 8, 2016.   Chu, a Hong Kong lawmaker advocating more autonomy from China who won a seat in landmark elections last weekend said on September 8 he had received "death threats" before and since the polls as he reported them to police. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACE

China warns new Hong Kong lawmakers not to back independence

Sep 06, 2016 - 2:45 PM

Beijing: We firmly oppose any activity relating to Hong Kong independence in any form inside or outside the Legislative Council

Nathan Law (C) speaks at a rally with Jousha Wong (centre L) and supporters in Causeway bay following Nathan Law's win in the Legislative Council election in Hong Kong on September 5, 2016. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Young anti-China activists victorious in Hong Kong vote

Sep 05, 2016 - 9:20 AM

UPDATED 4 of the new breed of candidates calling for more autonomy from China were confirmed to have won seats with a fifth also on course for victory

CAREFUL COUNTING. Electoral officials sort through votes cast for the Legislative Council election, at the central counting station in Hong Kong early on September 5, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Young activists take on China in key Hong Kong election

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:28 AM

3rd UPDATE While victory for the activists would be a major coup many still feel they are chasing an impossible cause

VOTING THAT WAY. A couple stands in front of a polling station sign before polls open for the parliamentary election in Hong Kong on September 4, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Beijing envoy, Hong Kong lawmakers in landmark talks

Jul 16, 2013 - 5:42 PM

Zhang Xiaoming head of the city s mainland China liaison office was invited to the lunch by a pro Beijing lawmaker following the July 1 protest

In this file photo, Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying addresses the Legislative Council, in Hong Kong, China, 16 January 2013. EPA/STR