Hong Kong politics - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Hong Kong politics


Hong Kong political rivals woo voters with free face masks

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Politicians from both the pro-democracy camp and its pro-Beijing rivals have seized on the face mask shortage, beginning a charm offensive with voters even before official campaigning kicks off

FACE MASK POLITICS. Hong Kong pro-democracy district councillor Eason Chan gives a resident face masks and cleaning products at a public housing estate in Lam Tin in Hong Kong on March 14, 2020. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong democracy activist found guilty of sandwich 'attack'

Oct 31, 2017 - 4:25 PM

Hong Kong democracy activist Avery Ng is found guilty of assault for throwing a sandwich towards the city's then-leader which hit a police officer

Pro democracy activist Avery Ng reacts outside the West Kowloon Court after posting bail following a guilty verdict and sentencing of three weeks in his sandwich 'attack' case in Hong Kong on October 31, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong schools in 'brainwashing' row over China speech

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:11 PM

The Hong Kong government is accused of 'brainwashing' after it suggested schools broadcast to students a live address by a Beijing official visiting the city

This picture taken on June 17, 2015 shows the Hong Kong skyline during sunset. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hong Kong democracy rally marks China national day

Oct 01, 2017 - 7:29 PM

Sunday's protest, dubbed an 'anti-authoritarian rally,' follows the recent arrests of prominent pro-democracy activists, including a former lawmaker, that have renewed anti-China sentiment

CRY FOR DEMOCRACY. Activists hold banners and placards as they take part in an annual protest march on China's national day in Hong Kong on October 1, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

'Schoolmaster' Xi leaves Hong Kong smarting

Jul 02, 2017 - 1:58 PM

By putting national security and education front and center Xi is pushing Hong Kong s new Beijing friendly leader Carrie Lam to revisit two potentially explosive catalysts for social and political unrest

Hong Kong's new Chief Executive Carrie Lam (L) shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping (R) after being sworn in as the territory's new leader at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong on July 1, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

China's Xi to attend Hong Kong handover anniversary

Jun 25, 2017 - 12:21 PM

It will be Xi s first visit to Hong Kong since the head of the Communist Party became president in 2013

TWO DECADES. In this photo taken on April 27, 2017, the hoisted flags of Hong Kong (C) and China are seen with a banner commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover, in front of the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Pro-independence activists arrested in Hong Kong

Apr 26, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Baggio Leung and Yau Wai ching are arrested and are to be charged with illegal assembly according to the Facebook page of their party

ARRESTED. In this file photo, pro-independence lawmakers Baggio Leung (L) and Yau Wai-ching (R) speak to the press outside the High Court in Hong Kong on November 30, 2016. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong targets activists day after vote

Mar 27, 2017 - 1:37 PM

3rd UPDATE Police have informed several leading campaigners who took part in the Umbrella Movement of 2014 that they would be charged in connection with the rallies

PROTEST SYMBOL. In this file photo, a Hong Kong flag in which petals of the city's emblem, the bauhinia flower, have been replaced by yellow umbrellas is displayed at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

China watches Hong Kong vote as protests threatened

Mar 23, 2017 - 2:44 PM

Pro democracy campaigners describe the election process as a farce and predict weekend protests as the prospect of political reform in the semi autonomous city appears more unattainable than ever

POWER CENTER. In this file photo, 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

'Abduction' of China tycoon sparks fear in Hong Kong

Feb 01, 2017 - 1:13 PM

The whereabouts of financier Xiao Jianhua – one of China s richest men – are unclear after reports in overseas Chinese language media that he was taken from Hong Kong by mainland security agents last week

A general view shows the Four Seasons Hotel building in Hong Kong on February 1, 2017. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong deputy resigns, tipped for leadership bid

Jan 12, 2017 - 5:18 PM

Hong Kong s number two official Carrie Lam resigns ahead of what is widely expected to be a bid by the tough pro Beijing figure to lead the divided city

In this file photo, Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam addresses a press conference in Hong Kong on July 15, 2014.  Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hong Kong's ousted anti-China lawmakers make final appeal over ban

Dec 28, 2016 - 7:52 PM

Yau Wai ching and Baggio Leung are elected in citywide polls in September but deliberately misread their oaths of office during their swearing in ceremony prompting a rare interference by Chinese authorities to ban them from their parliament seats

HONG KONG POLITICS. Pro-independence lawmakers Baggio Leung (L) and Yau Wai-ching (R) speak to the press outside the High Court in Hong Kong on November 30, 2016. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong's unpopular leader says he will not run again

Dec 09, 2016 - 3:43 PM

UPDATED Leung Chun ying cites family reasons for his decision saying he is making the move out of responsibility as a father and a husband

LEUNG CHUN-YING. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reacts during a press conference in Hong Kong on December 9, 2016. Photo by 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

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

Pro-independence lawmakers brawl in Hong Kong parliament

Nov 02, 2016 - 1:53 PM

In the third consecutive week of chaos in the legislature pro independence lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai ching entered the chamber despite being banned from doing so

Newly elected lawmaker Baggio Leung (C, wearing glasses) is restrained by security after attempting to read out his Legislative Council oath at Legco in Hong Kong on November 2, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Post-'Umbrella' Hong Kong opens explosive political chapter

Sep 28, 2016 - 9:50 AM

Hong Kong is entering uncharted political territory as former protesters prepare to take office advocating a possible split from China

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

HK offers protection to bookseller after China warning

Jul 06, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Hong Kong police offer protection to a bookseller who was detained in China for 8 months without access to a lawyer

IN DANGER? In this photo, previously missing Hong Kong bookseller Lam Wing-kee arrives at Wanchai police station to report to the police in Hong Kong on June 27, 2016. Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmaker charged with corruption

Jun 23, 2016 - 1:14 PM

Leung Kwok hung a prominent activist from the League of Social Democrats is accused of receiving HK 250 000 32 000 in relation to his public office from the founder of Apple Daily newspaper Jimmy Lai

Hong Kong activist and legislator Leung Kwok-hung (C) holds a placard as he marches in Hong Kong on May 18, 2016 to call for universal suffrage and an end to arrests of activists in China as a top Beijing official visits the city. Richard Brooks/AFP

Top China official promises to 'listen' to Hong Kong

May 17, 2016 - 12:00 PM

3rd UPDATE Zhang Dejiang whose visit is met with protests says he brings hearty greetings and good wishes from Chinese President Xi Jinping

epa05311200 Chinese Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang (R) speaks to members of the media after landing at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China, 17 May 2016. Zhang is the top Chinese official responsible for Hong Kong and Macau and is in the special administrative region for a three-day visit. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Pavement glued down in Hong Kong for China official visit

May 16, 2016 - 2:21 PM

The measures come as Beijing tightens its grip on the semi autonomous city where a fledgling independence movement in recent months has angered China

A policeman stands on pavement reinforced with glue to prevent the bricks from being dug up and used as projectiles during expected protests outside the central government offices in downtown Hong Kong on May 16, 2016 . Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong independence 'inevitable' says campaign leader

May 03, 2016 - 12:53 PM

The discussion of what was largely a taboo subject in Hong Kong has now undeniably become part of its political narrative as frustrations increase particularly among younger generations

In this file photo, a pro-democracy activist waves a flag that reads 'Hong Kong Independence' during the commemoration of China's 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Hong Kong on June 4, 2015. Anthony Wallace/AFP

New Hong Kong independence party slammed by Chinese media

Mar 30, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Global Times newspaper: Hong Kong independence is a fake proposition without any possibility of realization

A view of the Hong Kong skyline, Hong Kong, China, August 15, 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong charged over protests

Aug 27, 2015 - 4:25 PM

Wong 18 is already due in court Friday August 28 for separate charges of obstructing police at an earlier demonstration

In this file photo, student activist Joshua Wong of the group Scholarism, talks to members of the media before reporting to the Wanchai Police Station in Hong Kong, China, January 16, 2015. File photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Massive Tiananmen vigil expected in divided Hong Kong

Jun 04, 2015 - 11:26 AM

The city is deeply divided ahead of a vote on how to choose its next leader

FOR FREEDOM. Protesters hold pro-democracy banners during a march in Hong Kong, China, May 31, 2015. Jerome Favre/EPA

'We are all Chinese!' Mainlander anger over HK curbs

Apr 30, 2015 - 12:44 PM

The influx has raised tensions in Hong Kong prompting protests by residents hostile to Beijing s mounting influence and the tide of mainland consumers snapping up the territory s supplies of baby milk powder iPhones and hospital beds

A view of the Hong Kong skyline, Hong Kong, China, 15 August 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

HK politician apologizes to OFWs for 'misinterpreted' remark

Apr 24, 2015 - 6:03 PM

Despite the apology Filipino community groups will continue with their plan to protest on April 26 and file a case with the Equal Opportunities Commission

Hong Kong politician rapped for 'racist' remarks on Filipino maids' sex lives

Apr 20, 2015 - 5:12 PM

Lawmaker Regina Ip a close adviser to the city s leader Leung Chun ying and tipped as a future chief executive cast the maids as marriage wreckers

A view of the Hong Kong skyline, Hong Kong, China, August 15, 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong 'wolf' tells people to be 'like sheep' after year of protests

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:41 AM

Leung Chun ying: In the coming year I hope that all people in Hong Kong will take inspiration from the sheep s character and pull together in an accommodating manner to work for Hong Kong s future

In this file photo, Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong's Chief Executive, speaks at a press conference, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

#AnimatED: 25 years after Tiananmen

Oct 06, 2014 - 6:41 AM

We hope that Hong Kong s fight for suffrage will resonate more with our countrymen who have not fully learned to value the power of the vote

Asian shares mixed, dollar breaks 110 yen mark

Oct 01, 2014 - 12:27 PM

The dollar climbed to 110 09 yen – its highest since August 2008 – as investors bet on an early rate hike by the US Federal Reserve as the economy picks up pace

Black-clad democracy activists stage somber Hong Kong rally

Sep 15, 2014 - 6:53 AM

Protesters in dark clothing held wide strips of material half a kilometer long displaying Chinese characters painted in white that read civil disobedience and boycott classes

Supporters of the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement march during a protest in Hong Kong, China, 14 September 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

HK pro-democracy leaders shave heads in protest

Sep 09, 2014 - 6:54 PM

Dozens of pro democracy campaigners say that the removal of their hair represented their willingness to make sacrifices for Hong Kong s political future

Benny Tai Yiu-ting (R), law professor at the University of Hong Kong, and Chan Kin-man, have their heads shaven in defiance of China's Central Government in Hong Kong, China, 09 September 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong students plan week-long strike for democracy

Sep 04, 2014 - 3:44 PM

Students plan to walk away from classes on September 22 in what they described as a final warning before wider civil disobedience action

Protesters attend a rally organized by the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement outside the Chief Executive office in Hong Kong, China, 31 August 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

US backs democracy for Hong Kong

Sep 03, 2014 - 7:57 AM

Chris Patten Hong Kong s last British governor before the city was handed back to China in 1997 also urges Britain to speak out

A picture made available 07 August 2014 shows buildings on Hong Kong island (F) and across Victoria Harbor on the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong, China, 06 August 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

China calls for Britain to scrap Hong Kong inquiry – BBC

Sep 02, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Chinese authorities demand Britain drop an inquiry into the progress of democratic reforms in Hong Kong accusing it of highly inappropriate interference in its affairs the BBC reports

In this picture taken on August 2, 2014, a woman waits at a pedestrian crossing surrounded by residential buildings in Hong Kong. Dale de la Rey/AFP

Hong Kong activists fight back after China vote decision

Sep 01, 2014 - 12:20 PM

UPDATED Li Fei a member of the top committee of China s rubber stamp parliament was forced to speak over the cries of pro democracy lawmakers and protesters during a meeting with local officials in the southern Chinese city

National People's Congress Standing Committee chairman of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Basic Law Committee, Li Fei (2nd L) speaks at a press conference in Beijing on August 31, 2014. Greg Baker/AFP

'Civil disobedience' vow in HK after Beijing decision

Sep 01, 2014 - 10:24 AM

The announcement comes after China announces the semi autonomous territory s next chief executive will be elected by popular vote in 2017 but candidates must be selected by Beijing

Benny Tai (R), co-founder of the Occupy Central movement, rallies with democracy activists next to the Hong Kong government complex on August 31, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

China insists on right to choose candidates for HK leader

Aug 31, 2014 - 3:56 PM

UPDATED The pro democracy group Occupy Central said it would go ahead with its threat to take over the city s Central financial district in protest at an unspecified date

A man rides in an escalator as he passes by Hong Kong (C) and Chinese flags displayed at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) headquarters in Hong Kong, 29 September 2003. Ted Aljibe/AFP

China legislature meets over Hong Kong election reforms

Aug 25, 2014 - 6:42 PM

The meeting of the standing committee of the National People s Congress comes with public discontent in the former British colony at its highest for years over perceived interference by Beijing

A man rides in an escalator as he passes by Hong Kong (C) and Chinese flags displayed at the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank (HSBC) headquarters in Hong Kong, 29 September 2003. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Students push for action in Hong Kong democracy battle

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Student campaign groups say that civil disobedience is the only way to secure change – and that it should happen sooner rather than later

Peaceful pro-democracy protestors demonstrate after the annual anti-Hong Kong government protest rally, Hong Kong, China, 02 July 2014. Stringer/EPA

Hong Kong leader calls for 'patriotic' political reform

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:17 PM

UPDATED Hong Kong s leader calls for limited electoral change despite mass pro democracy protests saying in a report to China that voters want a patriotic chief executive

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in a press conference in Hong Kong, 12 March 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong hits back at Chinese media over democracy poll

Jun 24, 2014 - 1:40 PM

The turnout for the informal referendum has gone far beyond organizers expectations as fears grow that Beijing will backtrack on its promise to allow Hong Kong s voters to choose the leader they want

VOTING FOR DEMOCRACY. A volunteer (C) hands a voter's ID card at a polling station in Hong Kong on June 22, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

Hong Kong rejects maid residency bid

Mar 25, 2013 - 10:14 AM

UPDATE The judgment drew an end to a two year legal battle by Filipina maid Evangeline Banao Vallejos a mother of five who has lived in the city since 1986

View of Hong Kong and Kowloon from Victoria Peak, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/chensiyuan

Hong Kong court begins hearing on maid residency

Feb 26, 2013 - 2:56 PM

UPDATED The Court of Final Appeal hearing centers on Filipina maid Evangeline Banao Vallejos who won a High Court ruling in 2011 granting her the right to request permanent residency status denied to foreign maids until then

View of Hong Kong and Kowloon from Victoria Peak, 2011. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia/chensiyuan

Scuffles erupt at Hong Kong pro-government march

Dec 30, 2012 - 10:40 PM

Scuffles broke out Sunday December 30 as thousands marched in support of Hong Kong s scandal plagued leader Leung Chun ying ahead of a mass pro democracy rally planned for New Year s day

Marchers referring to themselves as supporters of Hong Kong and of the city's leader, Leung Chun-ying, walk with a Chinese flag though the streets of Hong Kong on December 30, 2012. AFP PHOTO / ANTONY DICKSON

Divided democrats dealt blow in Hong Kong polls

Sep 10, 2012 - 1:16 PM

The leader of Hong Kong s Democratic Party resigned Monday September 10 after the party performed poorly in weekend legislative elections despite a high turnout and strong support for full democracy

HONG KONG VOTES. Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying (C) opens a ballot box at a ballot counting centre in Hong Kong on early September 10, 2012. Hong Kong voters went to the polls on September 9 in legislative elections seen as a crucial test for the Beijing-backed government, as calls for full democracy grow and disenchantment with Chinese rule surges. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez

Hong Kong marks 15 years under China with new leader

Jul 01, 2012 - 8:36 AM

Hong Kong installs a new leader and marks 15 years of Chinese rule Sunday July 1 at a time of strong anti Beijing sentiment after visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao was targeted by angry protesters