April Fifth Action

Broken system of governance ensures conflict reigns supreme

Hong Kong was ranked 80 out of 167 in The Economist's democracy index for 2011 and classified as a 'hybrid regime'. It is neither one thing nor the other - not yet a democracy, but with some democratic trappings. Herein lies the problem.

Tuesday, 3 July, 2012, 12:00am

Confidence in 'one country, two systems' is eroding

The issue of pregnant mainlanders giving birth in Hong Kong has proved to be a tricky problem and has attracted attention at the National People's Congress and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference meetings.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Nothing certain about this poll

As I write my last article for this column in 2011, it is hard not to jump on the bandwagon of making predictions about 2012, especially about the leadership change that will occur in Hong Kong in March.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Leave June 4 to history, says Civic Party chief

Focus on the mainland has diverted democracy drive in HK, says chairman

The verdict on Beijing's suppression of the June 4 pro-democracy movement should be left for history to decide, the chairman of the newly formed Civic Party says.

3 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

The boredom of breakthrough

The historic visit by all pro-democracy legislators to the mainland last week, as part of the Legislative Council contingent, has achieved what some press commentaries describe as a 'win-win' outcome. This is despite the reported standoff between some democrats and Guangdong party secretary Zhang Dejiang on the June 4 issue.

4 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Highs and lows of veteran protester

March 17, 1956: Born in Hong Kong.

Early 1970s: Finished secondary school.

1970s: Began taking part in demonstrations, protests and campaigns.

25 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Voter threats

Complaints have emerged of mainland people being warned to make sure that their Hong Kong relatives vote for pro-Beijing candidates in Legco elections in September. What do you make of these allegations? Share your views: write to us.

16 May 2004 - 12:00am

Banner ban wrecks talks with taskforce

A meeting between the Civil Human Rights Front and the government taskforce on constitutional development failed to get off the ground yesterday after the group was barred from entering the Central Government Offices with a banner and loudspeaker.

27 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Why Long Hair should hang up his placard

The political scene in Hong Kong is going to be lacking a certain something this month, or to be more precise, a certain someone. Activist Leung Kwok-hung, better known as 'Long Hair', is taking a break from his normal routine of protests, publicity stunts, and pestering Tung Chee-hwa.

14 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

A political piglet becomes a martyr for activists' cause

A piglet has become an accidental martyr in the campaign against district council appointed seats.

The piglet, bought by pro-democracy groups April Fifth Action Group and the Anti-Tung Solidarity for $300 from a pig farm in Yuen Long, was supposed to join a dog in leading a march by 30 activists yesterday morning from Southorn Playground in Wan Chai to Chater Garden.

8 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Chief Executive's empty rhetoric - a case of too little, too late

I refer to the report on Tung Chee-hwa's speech at the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce (South China Morning Post, June 18).

The Chief Executive said the Government must 'give strong leadership in these difficult times'.

The administration had to be responsive to people's needs.

1 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

Pro-democracy activists scuffle with police outside Beijing office

Pro-democracy activists scuffled with police yesterday when they refused to be restricted to a designated protest area outside the Beijing Liaison Office in Sheung Wan.

Fourteen protesters from the April Fifth Action group defied police warnings to stay in a protest zone at about 2pm. Two or three were involved in brief scuffles with officers.

6 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

'Long Hair' back on front line four days after being released from jail

April 5th Action Group activist Leung Kwok-hung strode back into action yesterday by petitioning Beijing's Liaison Office in Happy Valley, less than a week after he was released from jail.

6 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

'Free prisoners' appeal

Members of the April 5th Action Group staged a protest outside Beijing's Liaison Office in Happy Valley urging the release of political prisoners on the mainland.

28 Dec 2000 - 12:00am

Activists 'penniless'

Veteran activist Leung Kwok-hung's failed attempt to secure a seat in the Legco election has left his April 5th Action Group 'penniless' and will probably discourage him from standing in December's Hong Kong Island by-election.

21 Oct 2000 - 12:00am