19 August 2019


  • Carrie Lam appears to fight back tears as she defends her government’s handling of the extradition bill-related protests during a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Violent protests pushing HK ‘into the abyss’: Carrie Lam

    Aug 13, 2019 3:47pm
    Violent protests have pushed Hong Kong into “a state of panic and chaos”, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday, warning that recovery will take a long time. “Hong Kong, as an open, free, very tolerant, economically...
  • Yang Guang, spokesman of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, voiced anger at the "serious violations" of the law committed by radical protesters. Photo: Xinhua

    Beijing says violent protests in HK are ‘signs of terrorism’

    Aug 13, 2019 3:26pm
    The “first signs of terrorism” are emerging from the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council said. In a press conference in Beijing on Monday afternoon, HKMAO spokesman Yang...
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Chris Tang said the undercover officers were targeting "core violent rioters". Photo: HKEJ

    Police admit infiltrating protesters to catch ‘violent rioters’

    Aug 13, 2019 1:16pm
    Hong Kong police have admitted infiltrating the ranks of protesters for the purpose of identifying “extremely violent rioters” and causing their arrest. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) Chris Tang Ping-keung said the force designed an “intelligence-led”...
  • China must be 'very careful and very respectful' in how it deals with people who have legitimate concerns in Hong Kong, Canadian leader Justin Trudeau said on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Trudeau urges China to be careful in responding to HK protests

    Aug 13, 2019 10:36am
    Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said he was very worried about events in Hong Kong, which has a large Canadian population, and urged Chinese authorities to handle the protests there with tact, Reuters reports....
  • Passengers queue at check-in counters on Tuesday as the Hong Kong airport reopened a day after flights were halted due to a mass sit-in by anti-government protesters. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong airport reopens after unprecedented closure

    Aug 13, 2019 9:00am
    Hong Kong airport reopened on Tuesday following an unprecedented closure the previous day after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the arrival and departure halls of the main terminal. Announcing the reopening, the airport operator, however, warned...
  • Protesters stage a sit-in at the departure hall of the airport on Monday afternoon. Photo: Reuters

    All flights canceled after protesters occupy airport

    Aug 12, 2019 5:24pm
    The Hong Kong Airport Authority has canceled all flights not yet checked in by Monday afternoon as thousands of anti-government protesters occupied both the arrival and departure halls of the Chek Lap Kok terminal. “Other than...
  • Police demonstrate a water cannon equipped vehicle at the compound of the Police Tactical Unit on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Police demonstrate water cannon in warning to protesters

    Aug 12, 2019 4:58pm
    Police put on a demonstration of an anti-riot water cannon on Monday, in a warning to protesters as authorities toughen their approach over violence that has roiled the Asian financial hub for two months. The increasingly...
  • The main contributing factor to Hong Kong’s weak growth is the global economic slowdown resulting from the Sino-US trade war, according to the Census and Statistics Department. Photo: CNSA

    Govt must avoid distorting economic data to mislead public

    - Aug 12, 2019 3:38pm
    On July 31, the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) announced Hong Kong economic data for the second quarter of 2019. The government statistics recorded a significant decline in both private investment and total exports volume. Meanwhile,...
  • Protesters react after police fired tear gas during an anti-extradition bill demonstration in Tai Po on Aug. 5. Photo: Reuters

    We need a new set of epoch-making political language

    - Aug 12, 2019 3:26pm
    We need a new set of groundbreaking and epoch-making political language to capture what has been going on in our city since the beginning of June. Hong Kong is changing almost on a daily basis, with...
  • Anti-government protesters clash with police in Sham Shui Po on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China’s bogeyman: ‘black hands’ and ‘foreign forces’

    - Aug 12, 2019 2:49pm
    For some time now, China has been blaming “black hands” working for “foreign forces” for the massive anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong, now in their third month. More recently, Chinese officials have been openly saying that...
  • Hennessy Road is covered in smoke from tear gas. After an authorized assembly at Victoria Park, protesters headed off to several areas including Wan Chai. Photo: HKEJ

    Dozens injured, two seriously, in Sunday’s protests

    Aug 12, 2019 2:41pm
    Forty-five people received treatment in hospitals after suffering injuries during the latest round of anti-government protests on Sunday, according to the Hospital Authority (HA).  The authority said, as of 11 am on Monday, two of the...
  • A group of Hong Kong lawmakers will visit the US later month to exchange information on the political and social situation in the city. Photo: Bloomberg

    Why lawmakers from both political camps are keen on a US trip

    - Aug 12, 2019 2:39pm
    Apart from being a local resistance movement, the anti-extradition bill saga in Hong Kong has become a sideshow of the great power rivalry between the United States and China. To prevent “foreign forces” from intervening in...
  • Protesters run through an MTR train station in Hong Kong on Sunday as they try to evade the police. Photo: Reuters

    HK mops up after weekend of violence; braces for more protests

    Aug 12, 2019 10:46am
    Metro stations in Hong Kong resumed regular service on Monday and streets were being cleaned of debris as the city recovered from another night of violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police, with more protests planned...
  • Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam, seen here at a news conference on August 5, has come under scathing criticism in the wake of extradition bill saga and the ensuing social unrest in the city. Photo: Reuters

    Personal ego versus public trauma

    - Aug 12, 2019 10:29am
    Like most rational Hong Kong people, I earnestly wish that the current protests could be brought to a satisfactory and swift resolution. Carrie Lam’s suspension of the Extradition Bill constituted reluctant recognition of the legitimacy of...
  • Anti-government protesters throw tear gas back at police during clashes outside the police station in Kwai Fong in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    Volleys of tear gas as Hong Kong rocked by more protests

    Aug 12, 2019 8:25am
    Hong Kong police and protesters clashed in cat-and-mouse encounters across the city on Sunday, marking a shift in tactics during a tenth straight weekend of unrest in the former British colony where many are chafing at...
  • An anti-government activist aims a slingshot at police officers who fire tear gas during a protest on August 4. Radical actions will undermine the demonstrators’ cause and put their personal futures at risk. Photo: Reuters

    Time for protesters to return to peaceful and rational path

    - Aug 9, 2019 7:07pm
    Amid the escalating political upheaval and social turmoil in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) of the State Council, along with Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong, organized a closed-door gathering in...
  • Executive Council members Regina Ip and Ip Kwok-him believe some shadowy force is plotting the actions of the protesters. Photo: HKEJ

    Two ExCo members say ‘mastermind’ behind recent protests

    Aug 9, 2019 5:58pm
    Two non-official members of the Executive Council said they believe some shadowy force has been behind recent anti-government protests. However, the two – New People’s Party chairwoman Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee and National People’s Congress deputy Ip Kwok-him –...
  • Black-clad protesters sit in the arrivals hall of the Hong Kong airport on Friday, the latest in a series of anti-government demonstrations that have rocked the city over the past two months. Photo: Reuters

    Hundreds gather at airport in planned 3-day sit-in protest

    Aug 9, 2019 5:54pm
    Hundreds of demonstrators began a sit-in at the Hong Kong airport on Friday, setting off another round of protest actions in the city for the weekend that will put the government on high alert. Wearing black,...
  • HKBU student union president Keith Fong was released unconditionally on Thursday. He was arrested by police on Tuesday for possession of "offensive weapons". Photo: Internet

    HKBU student leader released unconditionally after 46 hours

    Aug 9, 2019 3:20pm
    Keith Fong Chung-yin, president of the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Students’ Union, has been released unconditionally after police came under fire for arresting him for possessing laser pointers. Fong was scheduled to hold a media...
  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam visits the Tai Wai Market on Wednesday to learn about the progress of its improvement works. Photo: HK Govt

    Govt needs to tread carefully to de-escalate the situation

    - Aug 9, 2019 1:29pm
    After mostly staying behind closed doors and avoiding public engagements in the past few weeks, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was finally “on the move” again this week. On Wednesday, without notifying the media beforehand,...

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