Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Jan 19

    Thousands-Strong Hong Kong Protest Cut Short by Clashes, Tear Gas

    Hong Kong police fired tear gas Sunday at a public park that was overflowing with thousands of protesters calling for electoral reforms and a boycott of the Chinese Communist Party.

    Sporting their movement’s trademark black clothing and face masks, rally participants packed into Chater Garden, not far from the Chinese territory’s Legislative Council building.

  • Hong Kong Jan 12

    Hong Kong Rally Seeks Voting Rights, International Support

    More than a thousand people attended a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday to urge people and governments abroad to support the city’s pro-democracy movement and oppose China’s ruling Communist Party.

    Representatives of allied activist groups from Canada, Europe and Taiwan made remarks and led the attendees in chants of “Fight for freedom! Stand with Hong Kong!”

  • Hong Kong Jan 9

    Anti-Establishment Views Unite, Divide Hong Kong Protesters

    Trump signs, Pepe the Frog graffiti and British and American flags have become a common sight at Hong Kong’s anti-government protests — and an unsettling one to longtime democracy activists on the left....

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    Beijing has seized on the images to portray the movement as a coddled, westernized middle class incited by foreign organizations and governments to rebel against the world’s largest...

  • Hong Kong Jan 5

    Hong Kong Protesters March to Oppose Traders From Mainland China

    Protesters in Hong Kong marched through a border town Sunday to oppose traders from mainland China....

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    They rallied in Sheung Shui, which lies across the border from the mainland city of Shenzhen. For years, traders have bought goods from the district to sell at a markup in Shenzhen. The practice is called “parallel trading” because it happens in a gray area...

  • Hong Kong Jan 4

    Hong Kong Steps Up Response to Mystery Disease From China

    Hong Kong authorities have activated a newly created “serious response” level as fears spread about a mysterious infectious disease that may have been brought back by visitors to a mainland Chinese city. The government launched a new response plan Saturday for infectious diseases of unknown cause.

  • Hong Kong Jan 1

    Police, Protesters Clash in New Year’s Rally in Hong Kong

    A huge crowd has gathered in Hong Kong for an annual New Year’s Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extends into 2020. Police used pepper spray and tear gas to drive off the demonstrators, although a government statement says officers were deploying the minimum necessary force in dispersing the group. It follows overnight clashes between police and protesters...

  • Hong Kong Jan 1

    Police, Protesters Clash in New Year’s Rally in Hong Kong

    A huge crowd has gathered in Hong Kong for an annual New Year’s Day protest march as the monthslong pro-democracy movement extends into 2020. Police used pepper spray and tear gas to drive off the demonstrators, although a government statement says officers were deploying the minimum necessary force in dispersing the group. It follows overnight clashes between police and protesters...

  • Hong Kong Dec 28, 2019

    Hong Kong Protesters Demand Mainland Chinese Traders Leave

    Police fought with protesters who marched through a Hong Kong shopping mall Saturday demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory in a fresh weekend of anti-government tension.

    The protest in Sheung Shui, near Hong Kong’s boundary with the mainland, was part of efforts to pressure the government by disrupting economic activity.

  • Hong Kong Dec 25, 2019

    Hong Kong Clashes Resume in Shopping Centers, Streets

    Clashes resumed in Hong Kong on Tuesday between police and anti-government protesters, some of them donned in Santa Claus hats, as the more than 6-month-long demonstrations look set to move into the new year. Black-clad protesters smashed shop windows, while police responded with tear gas and the arrest of a number of demonstrators. The protests demanding greater democratic rights show…

  • Hong Kong Dec 23, 2019

    Clashes Erupt at Hong Kong Rally to Support China’s Uighurs

    Clashes broke out Sunday between Hong Kong police and protesters at a rally in support of China’s Uighur minority. Police arrested two protesters who were attempting to burn a Chinese flag at the rally, which was attended by several hundred people. Some were holding signs emblazoned with the blue and white flag of the independence movement in the northwestern...

  • Hong Kong Dec 14, 2019

    Hong Kong Police Make 3 Arrests in Another Explosives Case

    Hong Kong police said they arrested three men Saturday for testing homemade explosives that they suspect were intended for use during protests. The arrests are the latest in a rash of explosives-related cases police say they’ve uncovered since protests erupted in June over a proposed extradition law and snowballed into an anti-government movement.

  • Hong Kong Dec 9, 2019

    Tally of Arrests in Hong Kong Protests Surges Past 6,000

    Hong Kong police say they have made 6,022 arrests and fired nearly 16,000 tear gas rounds during six months of anti-government protests that have shaken the city. Police say the arrests included 11 people detained in raids over the weekend that netted a pistol and other weapons. Police suspect the weapons were intended for use during a demonstration attended by…

  • Hong Kong Dec 8, 2019

    Thousands March as Hong Kong Protests Near Half-Year Mark

    Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators crammed into Hong Kong’s streets on Sunday, their chants echoing off high-rises, in a mass show of support for a protest movement that shows no signs of flagging as it enters the seventh month. Chanting “Fight for freedom” and “Stand with Hong Kong,” a sea of protesters formed a huge human snake winding for...

  • Dec 4, 2019

    China and US Clash Over Xinjiang, Hong Kong Bills

    Already strained relations between China and the United States were further muddied after U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill targeting Beijing’s mass crackdown on ethnic Muslim minorities Wednesday, less than one week after President Donald Trump signed separate human rights legislation on Hong Kong. China’s ruling Communist Party has long regarded Hong Kong and the far west Xinjiang region...

  • Dec 2, 2019

    China to Suspend US Navy Visits to Hong Kong Over New Law

    China said Monday it will suspend U.S. Navy visits to Hong Kong and sanction several American pro-democracy organizations in retaliation for the signing into law of legislation supporting human rights in the semi-autonomous territory. While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats that the U.S. would bear the costs of the decision....

  • Dec 1, 2019

    Hong Kong Pro-Democracy Rally Cut Short by Police Tear Gas

    Thousands of people took to Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in a new wave of pro-democracy protests, but police fired tear gas after some demonstrators hurled bricks and smoke bombs, breaking a rare pause in violence that has persisted during the six-month-long movement. In the largest of three rallies, a key thoroughfare along the waterfront on the Kowloon side of Victoria...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    China Furious, Hong Kong Celebrates After US Move on Bills

    China reacted furiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s signing two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong, summoning the U.S. ambassador to protest and warning the move would undermine cooperation with Washington. Hong Kong, a former British colony that was granted semi-autonomy when China took control in 1997, has been rocked by six months of sometimes violent pro-democracy...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    US Criticizes China for Abuses Against Minorities Revealed by Leaked Cables

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China, as a number of foreign governments expressed serious concern about the scale of the campaign. Pompeo said the documents underscored “an overwhelming and growing body of evidence” that...

  • Nov 23, 2019

    Pro-Democracy Candidates Advance in Key Hong Kong Elections

    Pro-democracy candidates won nearly half of the seats in Hong Kong’s local elections, according to partial returns Monday, as voters sent a clear signal of support for the anti-government protests that rocked the Chinese territory for more than five months. A record 71% of the city’s 4.1 million registered voters cast ballots Sunday, well exceeding the 47% turnout in the...

  • Nov 15, 2019

    Georgetown Students in Hong Kong Headed Home Amid Unrest

    Georgetown University students who planned to spend the rest of the fall semester in Hong Kong will be headed home early amid violent clashes between pro-democracy protesters and police.

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