22 November 2019

Hong Kong

  • Starry Lee is expected to stay on as DAB chairperson even if the pro-Beijing party suffers a big defeat in the upcoming district council election. Photo: CNSA

    Why DAB will want Starry Lee at helm regardless of DC result

    - Nov 19, 2019 7:03pm
    Back in 2003, the opposition camp swept to a landslide victory in the District Council elections, thanks to a surge in pro-democracy sentiment among voters in the wake of the government’s controversial attempt to introduce a...
  • Protesters clash with police outside Polytechnic University on Sunday. A series of misjudgments on the part of authorities have contributed to things getting out of hand in Hong Kong. Photo: Reuters

    Govt must face the reality before it can pick up the pieces

    - Nov 19, 2019 6:28pm
    As the Yellow Vest Movement in France entered its second year over the past weekend, the people of Paris took to the streets again, with some of them lending their voices to protesters in Hong Kong....
  • The government says it will do its best to ensure that the DC election takes place on Nov. 24 as scheduled, but warned that a lot will hinge on the security situation. Photo: HKEJ

    DC election will go ahead on Sunday if 3 conditions met: Nip

    Nov 19, 2019 4:27pm
    The government will allow the District Council election to go ahead on November 24 as scheduled, provided three conditions are met, including the cessation of violence, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Patrick Nip Tak-kuen said on...
  • Protesters leaving the Polytechnic University campus wrap themselves in foil blankets as they wait to be transported to hospitals for medical treatment on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

    Underage protesters at PolyU campus allowed to go home

    Nov 19, 2019 1:07pm
    A number of underage protesters were allowed to leave the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hung Hom on Tuesday, after being trapped in the campus during a standoff with the police since Sunday. Education sector...
  • An injured demonstrator receives medical assistance during clashes with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Some NGOs have been accused of not getting involved enough in aid and relief operations amid the HK protests crisis. Photo: Reuters

    Why some NGOs have come under fire amid the HK crisis

    - Nov 19, 2019 12:23pm
    When you donate, you don’t usually ask for anything in return. Still, there would be a hope that when things get difficult for yourself, the other side would stand by you and offer all possible help....
  • Protesters trapped at the besieged Polytechnic University campus climb down ropes to be picked up by motorcycles, to escape on Monday night. Photo:

    More protesters leave besieged PolyU, others escape by rope

    Nov 19, 2019 9:51am
    Dozens of protesters staged a dramatic escape from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom after police sealed off the campus by shimmying down ropes from a bridge and fleeing on waiting motorcycles as the...
  • Protesters wear gas masks during clashes with police outside Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

    China says HK courts have no power to rule on anti-mask law

    Nov 19, 2019 9:31am
    China’s top legislature said Hong Kong courts have no power to rule on the constitutionality of legislation under the city’s Basic Law, which includes a proposed ban on face masks, state news agency Xinhua reported on...
  • The Hong Kong government's move to impose a ban on face masks during public assemblies has proved a resounding failure. File photo: Reuters

    HK anti-mask law excessive and unconstitutional, court rules

    Nov 18, 2019 4:00pm
    Hong Kong’s High Court ruled on Monday that the government’s move last month to introduce an anti-mask law using colonial-era emergency powers was unconstitutional. The ban on face coverings was excessive and “incompatible with the Basic...
  • Protesters clash with police at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University on Monday. Police reiterated that they did not 'raid' the premises. Photo: Reuters

    PolyU urges protesters to leave peacefully after police talks

    Nov 18, 2019 3:20pm
    The president of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), Teng Jin-guang, has urged everyone in the campus to leave peacefully, as he seeks to restore calm in the area that has witnessed serious clashes between anti-government...
  • The students have shown they are ready to lay down their lives if need be to fight for what they believe in. Photo: Reuters

    HK student activists should be Time’s Persons of the Year

    - Nov 18, 2019 2:24pm
    Some say they are the lost generation. Others believe they are braver and smarter than their fellows at Tiananmen 30 years ago. But the students who have been leading the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong over the...
  • Hong Kong’s Justice Secretary Teresa Cheng walks as protesters surround her in London on Nov. 14, in this still image from video obtained via social media. Credit: Chloe Leung via Reuters

    Teresa’s trip

    - Nov 18, 2019 1:31pm
    After almost five months of protests in Hong Kong, Teresa Cheng, current holder of the infamously inappropriately titled office of Secretary for Justice, took a trip to London, ostensibly to promote Hong Kong as an international...
  • Sunday was the first time the LRAD (circled in red) was used in anti-riot operations in Hong Kong. The police insist the acoustic device is a 'broadcasting system' and not a weapon. Photo: HKEJ

    Police dismiss concerns about new anti-riot acoustic device

    Nov 18, 2019 1:21pm
    Police have dismissed fears over a new acoustic device they deployed on an anti-riot vehicle over the weekend, insisting that it does not pose a risk to people’s health.  Reacting to allegations that the acoustic device...
  • A protest scene outside the Polytechnic University. The Hong Kong government hopes the silent majority will be turned off by the demonstrators’ increasing violence. Photo: Reuters

    Hong Kong: People act while govt dithers

    - Nov 18, 2019 12:48pm
    The social unrest gripping Hong Kong, now in its sixth month, worsened last week as violence reached new heights, universities were taken over by students, protests spread to the heart of the business district and traffic...
  • Improvements in urban planning and management are crucial for success in future. Photo: Bloomberg

    Getting ready for the future

    - Nov 18, 2019 11:17am
    In the face of uncertainties in Hong Kong and the world, I try to make some predictions in my latest book “Are You Future Ready?”. Among the forecasts is that within 10 years we could have...
  • Tycoon Li Ka-shing, through his charitable organization, is offering relief for small retailers and businesses hit by Hong Kong's social unrest. Photo: Reuters

    Li Ka Shing Foundation launches 2nd phase grants for retailers

    - Nov 18, 2019 11:01am
    The Li Ka Shing Foundation, the charitable organization founded by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-shing, will start accepting applications on Monday for the second batch of grants under a HK$1 billion program to help small...
  • Protesters clash with police at the Polytechnic University in Hung Hom on Monday. Photo: Reuters

    Police seal off PolyU, threaten to fire live bullets

    Nov 18, 2019 10:07am
    Hong Kong police on Monday trapped hundreds of protesters inside the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hung Hom and demonstrators rampaged through the tourist district of Tsim Sha Tsui, after almost two straight days of standoffs that...
  • Would another live online interaction with netizens help Chief Executive Carrie Lam explain her policies better to the people? Photo: HKEJ

    CE to hold another Facebook Live event? Will it matter?

    - Nov 15, 2019 7:05pm
    On Oct. 16, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor delivered her annual policy address by video – the first time this was ever done in the city’s history – after fierce protests mounted by pan-democratic lawmakers forced...
  • Police clear barricades on a road in Central on Wednesday. As a step to rebuild mutual trust between the public and law enforcement, the police should behave strictly in accordance with the law, says the author. Photo: HKEJ

    Police should make first move to mend fences with public

    - Nov 15, 2019 6:38pm
    Once seen as Asia’s finest, the Hong Kong police force has seen its public image and credibility plummet to rock bottom amid months of anti-government protests. There are complicated and inter-related socio-political factors that have led to...
  • People walk past bricks placed by anti-government protesters to barricade a road in Central on Friday. Photo: Reuters

    HK economy expected to shrink 1.3% for the year amid protests

    Nov 15, 2019 6:20pm
    Hong Kong has revised down its estimate for economic growth this year amid increasingly violent anti-government protests and trade tensions between the United States and China. The government is now forecasting a contraction of 1.3 percent for...
  • A US congressional commission has urged Washington to develop specific benchmarks to measure the 'high degree of autonomy' that Hong Kong is meant to enjoy from Beijing. Photo: Bloomberg

    Suspend HK special status in event of China crackdown: USCC

    Nov 15, 2019 4:58pm
    The US Congress should enact legislation that would suspend the special economic status Hong Kong enjoys under US law should China deploy forces to crush protests in the territory, a congressional advisory body said on Thursday....