Hong Kong protests spark mixed emotions in mainland Chinese residents

As Hong Kong is rocked by political chaos, Chinese mainlander Briony Lin has found herself joining the mass protests, an act that would be unthinkable under the authoritarian regime back home. The huge rallies and clashes coursing through the international finance hub are the latest outburst of anger by Hong Kongers who believe Beijing is stamping down on the city’s…

China slams pro-democracy Hong Kong singer Denise Ho as ‘delusional’

Beijing criticised pro-democracy Hong Kong singer Denise Ho as “delusional” Tuesday after she called for the UN to remove China from the body’s Human Rights Council for trying to erode the city’s autonomy. The canto-pop star has joined the huge marches of protesters calling for democratic reforms in semi-autonomous Hong Kong, and angered Beijing by making a speech…

In Pictures: ‘Lennon Wall’ message boards appear across Hong Kong districts in support of anti-extradition bill protesters

Once a protest landmark outside Hong Kong’s government headquarters, “Lennon Walls” have become a city-wide phenomenon after a month of political upheaval. Thousands of supportive messages have appeared on dozens of public walls across the territory. Slogans such as “add oil Hongkongers!” and “No China extradition” have been scribbled on colourful memos. The campaign against…

The bill is dead? Chief Exec. Carrie Lam is throwing dust in Hongkongers’ eyes – democracy is the only solution

By Jean-François Dupré On Tuesday morning, Chief Executive Carrie Lam appeared at a much-anticipated conference. Not only has she merely hinted at the potential withdrawal of the Extradition Bill (“the bill is dead”)—thus falling short of agreeing to any of the Anti-Extradition protesters’ many demands—her statement only reiterated the same platitudes the SAR government has…

Security cameras and loudspeakers installed around Hong Kong’s government headquarters following protests

Security cameras have been installed around Hong Kong government headquarters in Admiralty. Workers have been spotted installing the cameras near Harcourt Road and Tim Mei Avenue. At Tamar Park, above the offices, several loudspeakers were also installed. Photo: Telegram/Supplied. Anti-extradition bill protesters have often occupied the area near the central government offices and Legislative Council complex….

Hong Kong press watchdogs condemn police over insults, ‘malicious jostling’ of journalists during protest clearance

Hong Kong press watchdogs have condemned the police over insults and “malicious jostling” of journalists during a clearance operation of protesters on Sunday night. Hundreds occupied parts of Nathan Road in Mong Kok for hours after a protest outside the high-speed rail’s West Kowloon Terminus drew to a close. The Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Hong Kong Press Photographers…

Hong Kong’s anti-extradition law protesters march to China express rail station to ‘spread message to mainlanders’

Thousands of anti-extradition law protesters gathered in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday to march to the West Kowloon high-speed rail terminal in order to inform visitors from the mainland about their fight. Photo: Holmes Chan/HKFP. The march was initiated among protesters online, and reiterated the five core demands of the movement. They include the complete withdrawal…

China express rail station next target for Hong Kong protesters on Sunday

by Jerome Taylor Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong plan to rally later Sunday outside a controversial station where high-speed trains depart for the Chinese mainland as they try to turn up pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders. The rally is the first major protest planned since last Monday’s unprecedented storming of parliament by largely young,…

Arrest threats and fake car crashes: How China blocks journalists in Xinjiang

By Eva Xiao The three men were so busy staging a fake car crash they failed to notice the very people they were trying to block: foreign journalists heading towards one of China’s notorious internment camps. A small truck slowly inched towards a car parked on the road before stopping – just short of contact – as the reporters drove past the scene….

‘This is my home, I want to be here’: Hong Kong’s ethnic minority protesters on identity and belonging

Beneath the surface of any Hong Kong protest lies the question of identity. Pro-democracy and anti-extradition protesters often use elements of local culture, like language and humour, to distinguish the city from mainland China. But what about the city’s some 580,000 ethnic minority residents? The exclusion non-ethnically Chinese Hongkongers experience belies the city’s reputation as…

Hong Kong police unions ask British MP to apologise for ‘encouraging doxxing campaign’ against officer accused of brutality

Unions have asked a British MP to apologise to the Hong Kong police for naming a superintendent during a parliamentary debate, claiming the officer gave the order to use tear gas against protesters. Chairmen of four unions, Superintendents’ Association, Hong Kong Police Inspectors’ Association, Overseas Inspectors’ Association, and Junior Police Officers’ Association wrote to Helen Goodman MP on Friday, saying…

Hand signals and shields: how protesters stormed Hong Kong’s legislature

By Jerome Taylor and Elaine Yu With makeshift shields zip-tied to their wrists, a trolley converted into a battering ram and rehearsed hand signals, Hong Kong’s protesters showed remarkable levels of do-it-yourself savvy as they besieged the city’s parliament. See also: ‘Taking back the legislature’: What happened during the 3-hour occupation that shook Hong Kong Throughout…

Social workers, psychologists offer emotional support to Hong Kong protesters after four deaths

Online groups have offered emotional support to protesters after four people linked to the campaign against the extradition bill died. Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung, meanwhile, expressed sorrow on Friday over the incidents. The services being offered include anonymous chat forums, a “social movement emotion secrets” channel – where people can express their emotions – and another…