Christy Leung

Christy writes about crime and security-related stories for South China Morning Post's city desk.
Christy Leung
Christy writes about crime and security-related stories for South China Morning Post's city desk.

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How Hong Kong’s embattled police force is holding the city back from the brink against all odds

Once a demoralised force under constant attack by protesters and widely criticised by the public, police are now finding new strength in their role as the last line of defence to prevent total chaos in the absence of a political solution.

19 Aug 2019 - 10:44AM

Once a demoralised force under constant attack by protesters and widely criticised by the public, police are now finding new strength in their role as the last line of defence to prevent total chaos in the absence of a political solution.

How Hong Kong’s embattled police force is holding the city back from the brink against all odds
As anti-government protests rumble on, Hong Kong police showcase water cannon trucks

The vehicles are ready for deployment on city streets, source says.

12 Aug 2019 - 11:44PM

The vehicles are ready for deployment on city streets, source says.

As anti-government protests rumble on, Hong Kong police showcase water cannon trucks
Hong Kong police dismiss online rumours of immediate mass arrests of protesters at this weekend’s anti-government rallies

The Post learns of police plan to mobilise more than 3,000 officers for security at an approved rally in Victoria Park on Sunday.

10 Aug 2019 - 4:34AM

The Post learns of police plan to mobilise more than 3,000 officers for security at an approved rally in Victoria Park on Sunday.

Hong Kong police dismiss online rumours of immediate mass arrests of protesters at this weekend’s anti-government rallies
Tear gas exposure at extradition bill protests causing Hong Kong journalists breathing and skin problems

Survey by group of doctors finds almost all respondents report respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough and coughing up blood.

10 Aug 2019 - 7:58AM

Survey by group of doctors finds almost all respondents report respiratory symptoms such as shortness of breath, persistent cough and coughing up blood.

Tear gas exposure at extradition bill protests causing Hong Kong journalists breathing and skin problems
Hong Kong police bring former top officer out of retirement in surprise move to tackle escalating anti-government protests

Former deputy chief Alan Lau, who oversaw operations during Occupy protests and Mong Kok riot, will report for duty on Friday. He has been appointed deputy commissioner for six months, to ‘enhance strategic command and oversee public order events’.

9 Aug 2019 - 10:17AM

Former deputy chief Alan Lau, who oversaw operations during Occupy protests and Mong Kok riot, will report for duty on Friday. He has been appointed deputy commissioner for six months, to ‘enhance strategic command and oversee public order events’.

Hong Kong police bring former top officer out of retirement in surprise move to tackle escalating anti-government protests
Customs looks to AI to combat more cases of smuggling of drugs and cigarettes in Hong Kong, using it to sift through thousands of online posts

Department has used supercomputer since 2017 to scour social media and other websites, with one-third of cases so far this year detected by it.

7 Aug 2019 - 1:39PM

Department has used supercomputer since 2017 to scour social media and other websites, with one-third of cases so far this year detected by it.

Customs looks to AI to combat more cases of smuggling of drugs and cigarettes in Hong Kong, using it to sift through thousands of online posts
Baptist University president calls on Hong Kong police to treat students fairly after arrest over possession of laser pens triggers siege of Sham Shui Po Police Station

Baptist University President Roland Chin urges government and law enforcement authorities to respond positively to concerns.

7 Aug 2019 - 6:05PM

Baptist University President Roland Chin urges government and law enforcement authorities to respond positively to concerns.

Baptist University president calls on Hong Kong police to treat students fairly after arrest over possession of laser pens triggers siege of Sham Shui Po Police Station
Police fired nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition during chaos that gripped Hong Kong, almost equalling amount used in June and July clashes

Officers used more than 800 rounds of tear gas, 140 rubber bullets and 20 sponge-tipped rounds on Monday, as police say protests have escalated into attempt to destroy city, echoing comments made by city’s leader Carrie Lam.

7 Aug 2019 - 4:07AM

Officers used more than 800 rounds of tear gas, 140 rubber bullets and 20 sponge-tipped rounds on Monday, as police say protests have escalated into attempt to destroy city, echoing comments made by city’s leader Carrie Lam.

Police fired nearly 1,000 rounds of ammunition during chaos that gripped Hong Kong, almost equalling amount used in June and July clashes
Hong Kong police chief proud of how officers have handled extradition bill protests, and appeals for unity in face of ‘unparalleled challenges’

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says he will stand by his officers as he writes to 30,000-strong force in bid to soothe anger and boost morale, and acknowledges ‘unparalleled challenges’ they face.

29 Jul 2019 - 11:23PM

Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo says he will stand by his officers as he writes to 30,000-strong force in bid to soothe anger and boost morale, and acknowledges ‘unparalleled challenges’ they face.

Hong Kong police chief proud of how officers have handled extradition bill protests, and appeals for unity in face of ‘unparalleled challenges’
Anti-riot vehicles equipped with water cannons to begin road tests in Hong Kong and could be ready to disperse protesters in August

Police source reveals force is considering spraying liquid dye at radical protesters to make identifying suspects easier.

29 Jul 2019 - 1:50PM

Police source reveals force is considering spraying liquid dye at radical protesters to make identifying suspects easier.

Anti-riot vehicles equipped with water cannons to begin road tests in Hong Kong and could be ready to disperse protesters in August
Hong Kong police adopt new tactics to make protesters leave illegal Yuen Long march in bid to avoid bloody battle in town rocked by mob violence

Force adopts new tactics and calls up additional trains in bid to avoid repeat of bloody clashes in Sha Tin but violence still flares inside station.

28 Jul 2019 - 10:21AM

Force adopts new tactics and calls up additional trains in bid to avoid repeat of bloody clashes in Sha Tin but violence still flares inside station.

Hong Kong police adopt new tactics to make protesters leave illegal Yuen Long march in bid to avoid bloody battle in town rocked by mob violence
Hong Kong police investigating after woman’s body found in Tai Po flat

Police break into Tai Po flat following report of strong odour and find body of 55-year-old.

27 Jul 2019 - 7:07PM

Police break into Tai Po flat following report of strong odour and find body of 55-year-old.

Hong Kong police investigating after woman’s body found in Tai Po flat
Worrying new fallout as Hong Kong police decry No 2 official Matthew Cheung’s apology for handling of Yuen Long mob violence, ahead of illegal march that could draw 100,000 protesters

Police and government relations sour as inspectors say city’s deputy leader has ‘written off’ their efforts, while force deploys thousands of officers for Yuen Long march.

27 Jul 2019 - 1:12AM

Police and government relations sour as inspectors say city’s deputy leader has ‘written off’ their efforts, while force deploys thousands of officers for Yuen Long march.

Worrying new fallout as Hong Kong police decry No 2 official Matthew Cheung’s apology for handling of Yuen Long mob violence, ahead of illegal march that could draw 100,000 protesters
Police anger after Hong Kong No 2 Matthew Cheung says sorry for Yuen Long attack response

‘The police force’s handling of the incident that night falls short of people’s expectations,’ Cheung says. Police chief seeks urgent meeting, saying he was kept in the dark about the apology.

26 Jul 2019 - 11:57PM

‘The police force’s handling of the incident that night falls short of people’s expectations,’ Cheung says. Police chief seeks urgent meeting, saying he was kept in the dark about the apology.

Police anger after Hong Kong No 2 Matthew Cheung says sorry for Yuen Long attack response
Organiser vows to push ahead with Yuen Long march after Hong Kong police refuse permission, citing safety concerns

Force makes decision with advice from rural leaders, but organiser says this only fuels suspicions that officers are colluding with them.

26 Jul 2019 - 1:23PM

Force makes decision with advice from rural leaders, but organiser says this only fuels suspicions that officers are colluding with them.

Organiser vows to push ahead with Yuen Long march after Hong Kong police refuse permission, citing safety concerns
Police unlikely to give green light to Saturday’s anti-government protest in Yuen Long over fears of recurrence of violence

Source says police will probably reject application for letter of no objection for rally, which is planned to end at site of mob attacks on protesters and commuters.

25 Jul 2019 - 2:17AM

Source says police will probably reject application for letter of no objection for rally, which is planned to end at site of mob attacks on protesters and commuters.

Police unlikely to give green light to Saturday’s anti-government protest in Yuen Long over fears of recurrence of violence
Two calls per second ‘jammed emergency lines’ during violence in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long

Police insiders say there was no way operators could deal with deluge of calls during attack on subway station, saying some people crowded the line deliberately. Officers also hit out at claims of collusion with perpetrators.

24 Jul 2019 - 12:30PM

Police insiders say there was no way operators could deal with deluge of calls during attack on subway station, saying some people crowded the line deliberately. Officers also hit out at claims of collusion with perpetrators.

Two calls per second ‘jammed emergency lines’ during violence in Hong Kong’s Yuen Long
Hong Kong police chief defends officers arriving 35 minutes after first reports of Yuen Long mob violence against protesters and MTR passengers

Review of manpower and response times to be held, says Stephen Lo, following outcry from protesters.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:14AM

Review of manpower and response times to be held, says Stephen Lo, following outcry from protesters.

Hong Kong police chief defends officers arriving 35 minutes after first reports of Yuen Long mob violence against protesters and MTR passengers
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam blasts violence at Yuen Long and liaison office, amid further extradition bill unrest

‘Violence will only breed more violence,’ warns Lam, meeting the press with full team of top officials. Police commissioner and city chief defend force against allegations officers arrived too late to rampaging mob in New Territories.

24 Jul 2019 - 3:20PM

‘Violence will only breed more violence,’ warns Lam, meeting the press with full team of top officials. Police commissioner and city chief defend force against allegations officers arrived too late to rampaging mob in New Territories.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam blasts violence at Yuen Long and liaison office, amid further extradition bill unrest
Hong Kong protest organisers lose appeal over shortened route for latest march as police express fears for public safety

Police express fears over threat to public safety as independent appeal board backs move to end latest march at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:11PM

Police express fears over threat to public safety as independent appeal board backs move to end latest march at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai.

Hong Kong protest organisers lose appeal over shortened route for latest march as police express fears for public safety
Police remove fences and bus stops from near Hong Kong march site ahead of extradition bill protest planned for Sunday

Street furniture removed is similar to that previously used by demonstrators to make barricades but police say operation is a standard procedure for mass events.

23 Jul 2019 - 3:27PM

Street furniture removed is similar to that previously used by demonstrators to make barricades but police say operation is a standard procedure for mass events.

Police remove fences and bus stops from near Hong Kong march site ahead of extradition bill protest planned for Sunday
Hong Kong police anger has reached boiling point after force is cast as public enemy in extradition bill fiasco while protesters break law at will, insiders say

Plain-clothes police say better tactics are needed while extra equipment cannot protect them from people who want to ‘take officers’ lives by any means’.

17 Jul 2019 - 4:00PM

Plain-clothes police say better tactics are needed while extra equipment cannot protect them from people who want to ‘take officers’ lives by any means’.

Hong Kong police anger has reached boiling point after force is cast as public enemy in extradition bill fiasco while protesters break law at will, insiders say
Hong Kong murder suspect, 27, sent back to city after fleeing to mainland China following knife incident at Yuen Long salon

Police say he was confronted by trio after a row with a woman, and attacked one of the three. He was caught and sent back 10 days after crossing border.

17 Jul 2019 - 10:50AM

Police say he was confronted by trio after a row with a woman, and attacked one of the three. He was caught and sent back 10 days after crossing border.

Hong Kong murder suspect, 27, sent back to city after fleeing to mainland China following knife incident at Yuen Long salon
Hong Kong border town of Sheung Shui rocked by protest violence and chaos before police finally clear streets at night

Police and protesters clash shortly after march against parallel traders ends in Sheung Shui. Police describe the mostly young protesters as ‘highly organised’ and well prepared to attack them with iron poles and other weapons.

14 Jul 2019 - 12:39AM

Police and protesters clash shortly after march against parallel traders ends in Sheung Shui. Police describe the mostly young protesters as ‘highly organised’ and well prepared to attack them with iron poles and other weapons.

Hong Kong border town of Sheung Shui rocked by protest violence and chaos before police finally clear streets at night
Hong Kong police ‘to stay on defensive’ while dealing with radical protesters and will only escalate approach if there is violence or occupation of major roads

Keeping minimal police presence could help ease the tension, says former police superintendent Clement Lai Ka-chi.

13 Jul 2019 - 11:26PM

Keeping minimal police presence could help ease the tension, says former police superintendent Clement Lai Ka-chi.

Hong Kong police ‘to stay on defensive’ while dealing with radical protesters and will only escalate approach if there is violence or occupation of major roads
Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong backs Carrie Lam and slams ‘uncivilised radicals’ as retired policemen arrested over ‘Lennon Wall’ clashes

Liaison office director Wang Zhimin underlines importance of rule of law and decries violence of protesters who vandalised Hong Kong’s legislature complex.

12 Jul 2019 - 6:53AM

Liaison office director Wang Zhimin underlines importance of rule of law and decries violence of protesters who vandalised Hong Kong’s legislature complex.

Beijing’s top man in Hong Kong backs Carrie Lam and slams ‘uncivilised radicals’ as retired policemen arrested over ‘Lennon Wall’ clashes
‘Lennon Walls’ spring up across Hong Kong as more than 200 police in Tai Po remove messages featuring officers’ personal information

More than 200 officers visit Tai Po site to remove messages exposing personal details of police as colourful collages of Post-it notes that were a landmark feature of the 2014 Occupy protests return.

11 Jul 2019 - 11:29AM

More than 200 officers visit Tai Po site to remove messages exposing personal details of police as colourful collages of Post-it notes that were a landmark feature of the 2014 Occupy protests return.

‘Lennon Walls’ spring up across Hong Kong as more than 200 police in Tai Po remove messages featuring officers’ personal information
Hairdresser killed in Hong Kong after being knifed on street by gang in Yuen Long

The attack took place on Hop Choi Street at 8.48pm and the man was left unconscious and in a pool of blood.

7 Jul 2019 - 1:14AM

The attack took place on Hop Choi Street at 8.48pm and the man was left unconscious and in a pool of blood.

Hairdresser killed in Hong Kong after being knifed on street by gang in Yuen Long
Organisers promise next major protest against Hong Kong’s extradition bill will be ‘peaceful, rational and graceful’ with the aim of gaining support from mainland Chinese visitors

They also dismiss concerns about the risk of violence and chaos seen at past demonstrations, with at least 2,000 people expected to march on Sunday afternoon.

7 Jul 2019 - 11:24AM

They also dismiss concerns about the risk of violence and chaos seen at past demonstrations, with at least 2,000 people expected to march on Sunday afternoon.

Organisers promise next major protest against Hong Kong’s extradition bill will be ‘peaceful, rational and graceful’ with the aim of gaining support from mainland Chinese visitors
The only unmasked protester at Hong Kong Legco takeover ‘has fled the city’, but whereabouts not confirmed

Brian Leung, 25, earlier gave an exclusive interview to the Post, but did not confirm where he was speaking from.

7 Jul 2019 - 11:14AM

Brian Leung, 25, earlier gave an exclusive interview to the Post, but did not confirm where he was speaking from.

The only unmasked protester at Hong Kong Legco takeover ‘has fled the city’, but whereabouts not confirmed