Hong Kong protests 2019 - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Hong Kong protests 2019


China summons US ambassador over Hong Kong rights bill

Nov 26, 2019 - 10:40 AM

The legislation 'brazenly interferes in China's internal affairs,' says China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HONG KONG PROTEST. Demonstrators chant slogans as they attend a pro-democracy rally in a shopping mall in Yuen Long district of Hong Kong on November 21, 2019. Photo by  Philip Fong / AFP

[ANALYSIS] Hong Kong protests: No firm leadership leading to no end

Nov 23, 2019 - 8:17 PM

Undoubtedly, police are stretched and protester numbers on the frontline are smaller. But the demonstrations are at a stage that gives you a shudder.

Photos by Tommy Walker

WATCH: Protesters hold out at Hong Kong PolyU

Nov 22, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Resistance continues in this part of the city despite the arrest of some protesters

WATCH: Hong Kong PolyU chaos spills into Kowloon district

Nov 22, 2019 - 5:06 PM

Protesters pushed the police back from different angles, with a barrage of Molotov cocktails and projectiles as their weapons

DFA: No need to evacuate Filipinos in Hong kong 'at this time'

Nov 16, 2019 - 12:35 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs assures the public that Filipinos 'remain safe and largely unaffected' by the Hong Kong protests

5 MONTHS AND COUNTING. Protesters stand in front of a burning barricade at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in Hong Kong early on November 13, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace / AFP

U.N. rights chief troubled by Hong Kong violence

Oct 05, 2019 - 7:12 PM

'We are troubled by the high levels of violence associated with some demonstrations that have been taking place in the past days,' says UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet

HONG KONG PROTEST. Debris are left burning during clashes with police following an unsanctioned march through Hong Kong on September 29, 2019. Photo by Isaac Lawrence / 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

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

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 returns to violence with tear gas and molotovs

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:35 PM

The clashes end a relative lull in recent days in the intensity of skirmishes between police and protesters

TEAR GAS. A pro-democracy protester throws a tear gas canister fired by police outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 15, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Protesters call on UK to protect Hong Kongers from China

Sep 15, 2019 - 2:55 PM

Britain has walked a careful path on the protests, but it has also expressed concerns about the direction Hong Kong has headed

PROTEST. Pro-democracy demonstrators gather outside the British Consulate-General building in Hong Kong on September 15, 2019, as they called on Britain to ramp up pressure against Beijing following three months of anti-extradition protests that has snowballed into wider calls for democracy and a halt to sliding freedoms in the city. Photos by Nicolas Asfouri/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

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 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

Hong Kong: A timeline of mounting protest

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:52 AM

Here's a summary of the still simmering Hong Kong protest movement

SIMMERING.Students attend a school boycott rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 2, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/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

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

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

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.

Blockade, beating, pepper spray on second day of Hong Kong airport chaos

Aug 14, 2019 - 7:25 AM

Beijing is sending increasingly ominous signals that the unrest must end, with state-run media showing videos of security forces gathering across the Hong Kong border

A policeman secure Terminal 1 after a scuffle with pre-democracy protestors at Hong Kong's International Airport on August 13, 2019. Hundreds of flights were cancelled or suspended at Hong Kong's airport on August 13 as pro-democracy protesters staged a second disruptive sit-in at the sprawling complex, defying warnings from the city's leader who said they were heading down a "path of no return".  Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP

Cathay to comply with China rules over Hong Kong protests

Aug 11, 2019 - 9:33 AM

'We have zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour that affects the safe operation of our flights and the service experience we provide to our customers,' says Cathay Pacific CEO Rupert Hogg

PROTEST AT AIRPORT. Protesters rally against a controversial extradition bill at Hong Kong's International airport on August 9, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Hong Kong protesters defy police with 'hit-and-run' rallies

Aug 10, 2019 - 11:11 PM

The rallies come after Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said she would grant no concessions to demonstrators

PROTESTS CONTINUE. This file photo taken on August 5, 2019 shows a protester throwing a brick back at the police after they fired tear gas in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong, as simultaneous rallies were held across seven districts. Photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong lawyers march in silence to support democracy protesters

Aug 07, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Hundreds of lawyers dressed in black march under the scorching sun from the city's highest court to the justice secretary's office

SILENT MARCH. Lawyers and members of the election committee's legal sector hold a silent march against what they claim is political persecution by the Secretary for Justice, and demanding an independent inquiry into the anti-extradition law crisis, in Hong Kong on August 7, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Twin Hong Kong rallies as protesters defy China warnings

Aug 04, 2019 - 1:09 PM

(UPDATED) Thousands march through two separate districts on Sunday, August 4. The city will also gear up for another strike on Monday, August 5.

MORE PROTESTS. Police fire tear gas during a protest in Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong on August 3, 2019. Photo by Philip Fong/AFP

Trump takes back seat as China bristles over Hong Kong unrest

Aug 02, 2019 - 8:34 AM

China's People's Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong releases a video showing tanks, helicopters, rocket launchers, and heavily armed troops in an 'anti-riot' drill

HONG KONG GARRISON. This screengrab taken from undated handout three-minute promotional video received on August 1, 2019 from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison shows PLA soldiers warning 'protesters' during an 'anti-riot' drill in Hong Kong. Handout photo/China's People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison/AFP

Outraged Hong Kong civil servants voice rare dissent

Aug 01, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Multiple open letters have been signed by hundreds of anonymous Hong Kong civil servants in the past week condemning the administration of city leader Carrie Lam and the police

Protesters gather outside Kwai Chung police station in support of protesters detained with the charge of rioting during recent clashes in Hong Kong on July 30, 2019.  ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

China says army can be deployed at Hong Kong's request

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:51 AM

Article 14 of Hong Kong's garrison law says the city's authorities may ask, 'when necessary', the central government for assistance from the garrison 'in the maintenance of public order and in disaster relief'

FREE HONG KONG. A protester holds up a sign related to the recent political events and demonstrations in the territory, during the first half of the friendly football match between English Premier League club Manchester City and Hong Kong side Kitchee at Hong Kong Stadium on July 24, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

China says it will 'not tolerate foreign forces' in Hong Kong

Jul 24, 2019 - 7:26 AM

The savage beating of the Hong Kong protesters by a mob of suspected gangsters on Sunday deepens fears about the use of shadowy hired muscle to defend China's interests

VIOLENCE. This screenshot from video recorded on July 21, 2019 and released by Hong Kong lawmaker Lam Cheuk Ting shows a mob of men in white T-shirts clashing with pro-democracy protesters on the platform of Yuen Long station in Hong Kong. Handout/Hong Kong lawmaker Lam Cheuk Ting/AFP

'Triad' attack on Hong Kong protesters sparks anger

Jul 23, 2019 - 7:31 AM

Men in white shirts are filmed leaving the scene in cars with Chinese mainland number plates

This frame grab taken from video recorded by Hong Kong broadcaster Now TV on July 21, 2019 and released to AFP on July 22 shows former sportscaster for local television TVB, Ryan Lau Chun Kong, bleeding after a mob of suspected triad gangsters attacked pro-democracy protesters returning from a demonstration earlier in the day, at Yuen Long train station in Hong Kong. Anger soared in Hong Kong on July 22 over the vicious assault against pro-democracy protesters by suspected triad gangsters that left dozens wounded, in a dramatic escalation of the political turmoil plaguing the Chinese city. Handout / NOW TV / AFP

Not the only one: Protest 'Lennon Walls' flower across Hong Kong

Jul 21, 2019 - 8:48 AM

A banner flying from a bridge next to the wall of parliament throughout the occupation of 2014 quotes John Lennon's song 'Imagine': 'You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one'

This photo taken on July 10, 2019 shows traditional Chinese script (top) that reads "Lennon Tunnel", as people walk past messages related to protests against the proposed extradition bill pasted onto walls in an underpass at Tai Po Market in Hong Kong. Plastered in colourful sticky-notes carrying messages of defiance towards Hong Kong's government, so-called "Lennon Walls" have sprung up across the city -- though fights have broken out as Beijing loyalists try to tear them down.  VIVEK PRAKASH / AFP

Hong Kong's 'gray hairs' march to support youth protesters

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:50 PM

Thousands of people join in what was dubbed a 'gray hair march' – billed as a way to show the city's pro-Beijing leadership that plenty of its older and more reliably conservative citizens still support younger demonstrators

A group of elderly people prepare to march to the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 17, 2019, in the latest protest against a controversial extradition bill. Hong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge largely peaceful protests -- as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police -- sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China and other countries. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

China mainlanders among Hong Kong protesters, though many stay away

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:50 PM

For the hundreds of thousands of Chinese mainlanders who make the city their home, the Hong Kong democracy movement sparks mixed emotions

Protesters gather before a march to the West Kowloon railway station, where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland, during a demonstration against a proposed extradition bill in Hong Kong on July 7, 2019. Hong Kong has been rocked by a month of huge peaceful protests as well as a series of separate violent youth-led confrontations sparked by a proposed law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. Vivek PRAKASH / AFP

UK PM May raises 'concerns' over Hong Kong with China

Jul 03, 2019 - 8:18 PM

'It's vital that Hong Kong's high degree of autonomy and the rights and freedoms set down in the Sino-British joint declaration are respected,' says

PROTEST. Protesters try to push a metal cart through a closed entrance at the government headquarters in Hong Kong on July 1, 2019 on the 22nd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. File photo by Vivek Prakash/AFP

UK demands probe into Hong Kong police action

Jun 26, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also suspends export licenses for crowd control equipment of Hong Kong police force

Police cover graffiti sprayed on a wall by protesters outside the police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 22, 2019. Hong Kong police on June 22 slammed anti-government protesters for besieging their headquarters, calling the demonstration "illegal and irrational" as they vowed to pursue the ringleaders. ISAAC LAWRENCE / AFP

Memes, cartoons, caustic Cantonese: The language of Hong Kong's protests

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Anger has punctuated much of the historic rallies roiling Hong Kong in the last two weeks, but humor has never been far away

'CITY OF COURAGE.' This combo shows a file photo (R) taken on June 12, 2019 of Hong Kong police officers using a water canon on a lone protestor near the government headquarters during recent protests; and a handout (L) released to AFP on June 24, 2019 of artwork from Australia-based Chinese dissident artist Badiucao based on the same AFP image. AFP PHOTO / Badiucao

Hong Kong stocks tumble as city hit by protests

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Banks listed on Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index take a hit, with some announcing the closure of branches near protest areas

(L-R) The flags of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, China and Hong Kong are seen flapping in the wind on May 6, 2019. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)