18 July 2019

Hong Kong

  • Organizers said over 9,000 mostly senior citizens joined the protest on Wednesday, but police estimated the crowd at 1,500 at the peak. Photo: HKEJ

    Thousands of seniors march to show support for young protesters

    Jul 18, 2019 5:55pm
    Thousands of senior citizens took to the streets on Wednesday, demonstrating their solidarity with the young protesters who have been leading the fight against the extradition bill. Organizers said over 9,000 mostly elderly people joined the...
  • A video clip being circulated on social media shows three police officers outside a building where the office of the HKU students’ union is located. Photo: HKUSU Undergrad/screenshot

    HKU to file complaint over unauthorized police entry into campus

    Jul 18, 2019 5:14pm
    The University of Hong Kong (HKU) said on Wednesday that it will lodge a complaint with the police over the presence of some law enforcement personnel on its campus in violation of rules. In a statement...
  • SHKP officials and staffers hold a press conference on Wednesday to explain their side on the clashes inside New Town Plaza in Sha Tin on Sunday night. Photo: HKEJ

    SHKP: We didn’t usher police into mall to disperse protesters

    Jul 18, 2019 2:56pm
    Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd. (00016.HK), owner of New Town Plaza in Sha Tin, insists that its staff did not call the police and ask them to disperse the anti-extradition bill protesters inside the shopping mall. SHKP...
  • Demonstrators march in a June 9 rally against the now-suspended extradition bill. Hong Kong’s protests have mostly been peaceful, but some stray violent incidents threaten to undermine the movement. Photo: Bloomberg

    Some thoughts on the anti-extradition bill movement

    - Jul 18, 2019 2:14pm
    The recent events in the wake of the extradition bill controversy have shown that the political system in Hong Kong has broken down. Unfortunately, it isn’t up to the people of Hong Kong to decide whether...
  • A drop in the sparrow population last year was due to abnormally dry weather, the Hong Kong Bird Watching Society believes. Photo: AFP

    Sparrow population rebounds in HK: study

    Jul 18, 2019 2:03pm
    Hong Kong has witnessed a rebound in the sparrow population, with the bird number now estimated to be 20 percent more than the level recorded in 2018, according to the local bird-watching society. A study suggests...
  • Black-clad journalists and press freedom supporters stage a march to the police headquarters in Wan Chai on Sunday to denounce police treatment of media representatives during protests. Photo: Reuters

    Why some journalists join anti-extradition bill protests

    - Jul 18, 2019 1:44pm
    Chan Ho-wai, a reporter at Commercial Radio, knows exactly what “adding insult to injury” means. He experienced it twice while covering the protests against the extradition bill. Last Sunday, Chan was given an unsolicited dose of...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam is struggling to find a way out of the political crisis triggered by her now-suspended extradition bill. Photo: Reuters

    When will our leader in hiding face the people?

    - Jul 18, 2019 9:01am
    What’s Beijing to do? Hong Kong people have found a way to slip through its tightening grip. They’re now doing it week after week with increasing defiance at a place and time of their choosing for...
  • Since clashes over the now-suspended extradition bill broke out on June 12, the SAR government has repeatedly rejected the idea of establishing an independent commission of inquiry. Photo: HKEJ

    Beijing said to be weighing idea of independent inquiry

    - Jul 17, 2019 7:07pm
    The violent scenes at New Town Plaza in Sha Tin on Sunday night were definitely horrifying and distressing, and have raised widespread concerns that the emotions of both protesters and police might already have spun out...
  • Taking up the case of a man who was accused of a violent attack on a police officer, a judge at the Sha Tin Magistrates' Courts has agreed to adjourn the proceedings to September. Photo: HKEJ

    Protester, 22, accused of biting a cop’s finger granted bail

    Jul 17, 2019 5:14pm
    A 22-year-old man who was arrested for attacking police officers during the clashes that took place at a shopping mall in Sha Tin over the weekend has been granted bail by a local court. To Kai-wa,...
  • People gather at the customer service counter of New Town Plaza in Sha Tin on Tuesday to complain about the police operations inside the mall on Sunday night. Photo: RTHK

    Residents express anger at New Town Plaza over Sunday clashes

    Jul 17, 2019 3:48pm
    Residents voiced anger at management and staff of a shopping mall in Sha Tin, suspecting them of assisting police in conducting clearing operations against anti-extradition bill protesters on Sunday night. Some 1,000 people gathered at the...
  • CHRF Convenor Jimmy Sham (center) says the group hopes to organize another large rally this weekend as the government refuses to heed the public’s demands following the extradition bill crisis. Photo: HKEJ

    CHRF plans fresh weekend protest march despite police plea

    Jul 17, 2019 2:59pm
    The Civil Human Rights Front (CHRF), the group that organized the millions-strong citizens’ marches in Hong Kong last month in the wake of the government’s extradition bill, said on Tuesday that it aims to stage another...
  • The Hong Kong Book Fair 2019 opens today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. This year's theme is "Sci-Fi and Mystery". 
Photo: HKEJ

    Book Fair offers solace amid political turmoil

    Jul 17, 2019 2:43pm
    The 30th edition of the annual Hong Kong Book Fair kicked off today at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wan Chai, offering an oasis of solace and serenity amid the political turmoil...
  • Face recognition technology is fast becoming a weapon of choice for authorities in surveillance activities, raising serious concerns among citizens about privacy and other issues. Photo: Reuters

    The threat from facial recognition technology

    - Jul 17, 2019 12:01pm
    We have become familiar with face recognition features in our mobile handsets. Meanwhile, there are more and more instances where governments and corporations try to apply this technology to CCTVs and portable video-recording devices. For example,...
  • With property prices going through the roof in Hong Kong, mini flats such as those offered by the T Plus project have become a big draw for many, including some upper middle-class families. Photo: HKEJ

    Why even a Miss Hong Kong had to settle for mini flats

    - Jul 17, 2019 11:33am
    The T Plus property development project in Hong Kong’s Tuen Mun district is said to have almost sold out all the units on offer last weekend after drawing several thousand cheques from prospective homebuyers. The smallest...
  • The passion with which people are expressing their discontent beyond the shelving of the extradition bill is almost certainly the product of a long-standing and increasingly chronic loss of hope. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong blues

    - Jul 16, 2019 5:38pm
    Hong Kong is in the grip of a depressive disorder. What is depression? Psychiatrists have reduced it to a clinical definition in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in its 5th Edition, known for...
  • Umbrellas thrown at the riot police lie scattered on the floor inside the New Town Plaza mall after a clash involving extradition bill protesters in Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Pan-dems question police tactics after Sha Tin mall incident

    Jul 16, 2019 4:27pm
    Pro-democracy lawmakers lashed out at the police over alleged tactics deployed by the law enforcement officials on extradition bill protesters during a clearing operation Sunday at a shopping mall in the New Territories.   Accusing the police...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam said she remains committed to continuing her work with enthusiasm. Photo: Bloomberg

    Beijing voices firm support for Lam administration

    Jul 16, 2019 3:18pm
    Beijing has refuted a Financial Times report that claimed Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor had offered to quit but had been refused, calling it totally “unfounded”. The spokesperson for the Office of the Commissioner of the...
  • The Consumer Council said some handwash products were found to contain allergy-inducing preservatives. Photo: HKEJ

    Not all handwash products can kill 99.9% of germs as claimed

    Jul 16, 2019 2:45pm
    Only two out of eight tested handwash products can live up to the claim that they can kill 99.9 percent of germs, the Consumer Council said. The watchdog tested 35 samples of handwash products, including 15...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam and Secretary for Security John Lee speak to media after visiting injured police officers on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Lam condemns ‘rioters’, urges people to defend rule of law

    Jul 16, 2019 2:08pm
    Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor condemned “rioters” who attacked police officers during a clearance operation inside a mall in Sha Tin on Sunday night. Ten police officers were injured in the clashes, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung...
  • Hong Kong's recent events offer a reminder of how things can go wrong in a seemingly stable society. Photo: Reuters

    Why a Chinese web-drama has struck a chord

    - Jul 16, 2019 11:01am
    Web-drama “The Longest Day in Chang’an” has been in the news since it began airing recently on video streaming platforms. Widely considered the most well produced Chinese TV drama series after the 2015 production “Nirvana in...

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