July 1 march

July 1 march

The annual July 1 march in Hong Kong marks the handover of the British colony to Beijing that took place in 1997. The  peaceful demonstration has become a rallying point for pro-democracy activists. The march captured the public's attention in 2003, when half a million marched, angered by proposed national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law.

Hong Kong police receive five complaints over handling of July 1 rally, sit-in

Police officers remove protesters during the sit-in at Chater Road. Photo: David Wong

The police have received five complaints about officers’ behaviour during the July 1 march and an overnight sit-in that followed, the police watchdog says.

Thursday, 4 September, 2014, 1:51pm 1 comment

Hong Kong police's harassment of protesters tarnishes good name of Asia's 'finest'

The police denied they used excessive force while trying to break up the sit-in protest. Photo: Reuters

The Hong Kong Police Force has been hailed as Asia's finest. But does it still warrant the title, given the heavy-handed way in which it recently dealt with peaceful protesters?

11 Jul 2014 - 2:06am 14 comments

Students blast police for 'mainland terminology' used by officers during Chater Road sit-in

A member of the Federation of Students holds up a photograph of a police officer grabbing a protester's face during the sit-in on Chater Road. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A leading student group has criticised police officers for using a mainland-style phrase to describe the sit-in on Chater Road which followed the July 1 pro-democracy march.

8 Jul 2014 - 4:01pm 21 comments

My seven hours on July 1 march was worth it for Hong Kong

Protesters march on the streets to demand universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

I went on the democracy march on Tuesday, start to finish, from Holding Pen No. 1 in Victoria Park to the corner of Pedder Street and Des Voeux Road in Central, where one of the marshals said that was enough.

6 Jul 2014 - 3:47am 37 comments

'Send me back to jail', says Long Hair as pan-democrats surrrender to police over July 1 march

Members of Labour Party (from 2nd left) Cyd Ho Sau-lan, Tam Chun-yin, Lee Cheuk-yan, Kwok Wing-kin, Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, and others surrender themselves to the police at the police headquarters in Wan Chai. Photo: Bruce Yan

Leading pan-democrats protested about arrests linked to the July 1 march - by handing themselves in to the police. They offered to "confess their crimes" and called on others to follow their example.

6 Jul 2014 - 3:26pm 53 comments

Organisers of July 1 democracy rally claim their arrests are 'political persecution'

Members of Civil Human Rights Front protest at police headquarters in Hong Kong on July 3 following arrests of fellow members. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Five members of July 1 march organiser the Civil Human Rights Front arrested yesterday for leading the democracy rally at a snail's pace denounced the police action as "political persecution".

5 Jul 2014 - 4:17am 67 comments

Leung Chun-ying says Hong Kong sit-in was waste of police resources

Leung Chun-ying says Hong Kong sit-in was waste of police resources

Hongkongers should ask whether a sit-in protest staged on Chater Road in Central after the annual July 1 march was "a waste of police resources", Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said.

4 Jul 2014 - 8:02am 14 comments

Estimates of numbers who marched on Tuesday vary widely

The Civil Human Rights Front, put the turnout at 510,000, while the police said the number of marchers peaked at 98,600. They didn't offer an overall total. Photo: Bloomberg

How many protesters took part in this year's July 1 march? The answer depends on whom you ask.

4 Jul 2014 - 4:52am 1 comment

SCMP study puts July 1 protest number at 140,000, well below organiser estimates

Protesters take to the streets on July 1. Photo: David Wong

A study commissioned by the South China Morning Post estimates 140,000 people took part in the July 1 march. The result is similar to estimates by two HKU academics but falls way below the organisers' figure of 510,000.  

4 Jul 2014 - 11:22am 124 comments

Weibo more heavily censored during Hong Kong's July 1 march than on Tiananmen anniversary

China’s government censored Weibo more on July 1 than it did on June 4 according to Weiboscope. Photo: Reuters

China’s government censored Weibo, more on July 1, when record numbers of Hong Kong residents joined the pro-democracy march, than it did on June 4.

4 Jul 2014 - 8:00am

Rally for democracy

Rally for democracy

Since 2003, tens, and at times hundreds, of thousands of people have taken to the streets on the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to express demands ranging from the early introduction of universal suffrage, freedom of speech, and the resignation of chief executives to measures to rein in soaring property prices.

3 Jul 2014 - 3:37pm

Now that the people have spoken, officials must handle their demands seriously

Protesters march on the streets to demand universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong has not experienced as hot a summer for years. Not only is the mercury creeping up, public dissatisfaction, as reflected in the Tuesday's mass protest, is also at boiling point.

3 Jul 2014 - 9:52am 9 comments

Beijing unmoved by massive rally turnout, say advisers

Beijing unmoved by massive rally turnout, say advisers

Beijing is unlikely to make concessions on political reform despite demands by hundreds of thousands of people who joined the July 1 pro-democracy march.

3 Jul 2014 - 4:14pm 122 comments

Moderate reform plan still possible despite vote, says former chief secretary Anson Chan

Former chief secretary Anson Chan said there was no need for Civic Party's Ronny Tong Ka-wah to shelve his moderate reform plan as a result of the vote. Photo: Bruce Yan

Former chief secretary Anson Chan said there was still room for negotiation despite the win by the Alliance for True Democracy's three-track proposal that included the right for all voters to nominate chief executive candidates in 2017.

3 Jul 2014 - 3:26am 3 comments

Chief executive should consider his position, suggests Liberal leader James Tien

Liberal Party leader James Tien said the protest had dealt a severe blow to Leung's administration. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Liberal Party leader James Tien Pei-chun suggested yesterday that Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying should perhaps consider resigning after the massive turnout for the July 1 march.

3 Jul 2014 - 4:15pm 5 comments