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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Hong Kong government rejects ‘totally unacceptable’ offer from Taiwan to send officials to city to take back murder suspect who sparked protests

Government stresses in statement issued well after midnight that Taiwan has no law enforcement power in Hong Kong after Taipei offers to send police to city to take back Chan Tong-kai.

23 Oct 2019 - 9:50AM

Government stresses in statement issued well after midnight that Taiwan has no law enforcement power in Hong Kong after Taipei offers to send police to city to take back Chan Tong-kai.

Hong Kong government rejects ‘totally unacceptable’ offer from Taiwan to send officials to city to take back murder suspect who sparked protests
Hong Kong protests: growing number of repeat arrests prompts calls for special court to fast-track cases related to violent unrest

Courts and prosecutors cannot keep up with rising number of arrests in ongoing protests, with about 60 being detained for a second time.

21 Oct 2019 - 8:30AM

Courts and prosecutors cannot keep up with rising number of arrests in ongoing protests, with about 60 being detained for a second time.

Hong Kong protests: growing number of repeat arrests prompts calls for special court to fast-track cases related to violent unrest
Robot warders check on inmates as Hong Kong tests ‘smart prison’ devices to step up security, surveillance

Prisons hope technology can ease workload of hard-pressed staff, many of whom quit.

21 Oct 2019 - 9:17AM

Prisons hope technology can ease workload of hard-pressed staff, many of whom quit.

Robot warders check on inmates as Hong Kong tests ‘smart prison’ devices to step up security, surveillance
Man turns himself in at police station after attacking teenager with knife near Hong Kong Lennon Wall

The teenager was dressed in black and the duo apparently argued over different political views near the Lennon Wall before the attack.

20 Oct 2019 - 12:43AM

The teenager was dressed in black and the duo apparently argued over different political views near the Lennon Wall before the attack.

Man turns himself in at police station after attacking teenager with knife near Hong Kong Lennon Wall
Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying slams Chinese University chief for ‘U-turn’ on alleged police brutality after student pressure

Leung Chun-ying slammed Chinese University vice chancellor Rocky Tuan for drafting an open letter agreeing to condemn police for ‘any proven case’ of brutality ‘purely for his own personal relief’.

19 Oct 2019 - 11:18PM

Leung Chun-ying slammed Chinese University vice chancellor Rocky Tuan for drafting an open letter agreeing to condemn police for ‘any proven case’ of brutality ‘purely for his own personal relief’.

Former Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying slams Chinese University chief for ‘U-turn’ on alleged police brutality after student pressure
Jimmy Sham, leader of Hong Kong democracy group Civil Human Rights Front, attacked on Mong Kok street

Jimmy Sham, convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, is smashed in the head with hammers and spanners on a Mong Kok street by at least four assailants who then flee in a car.

17 Oct 2019 - 1:05PM

Jimmy Sham, convenor of the Civil Human Rights Front, is smashed in the head with hammers and spanners on a Mong Kok street by at least four assailants who then flee in a car.

Jimmy Sham, leader of Hong Kong democracy group Civil Human Rights Front, attacked on Mong Kok street
Hong Kong protests: can other disciplined services lend manpower support to city’s beleaguered police force?

Idea of sharing resources floated in meeting with all heads of city’s disciplined departments and security chief John Lee.

15 Oct 2019 - 4:19AM

Idea of sharing resources floated in meeting with all heads of city’s disciplined departments and security chief John Lee.

Hong Kong protests: can other disciplined services lend manpower support to city’s beleaguered police force?
Shift in police tactics? Ex-commander of elite ‘Flying Tigers’ squad to be new operations chief overseeing handling of Hong Kong’s protest unrest

Frank Kwok will swap posts with current deputy police commissioner in charge of force’s operations to bring ‘innovative’ tactics to drawn-out battle.

12 Oct 2019 - 10:45AM

Frank Kwok will swap posts with current deputy police commissioner in charge of force’s operations to bring ‘innovative’ tactics to drawn-out battle.

Shift in police tactics? Ex-commander of elite ‘Flying Tigers’ squad to be new operations chief overseeing handling of Hong Kong’s protest unrest
Hong Kong police buy new tear gas canisters from mainland China, including same hand-thrown model used by PLA’s anti-terrorism squad

Jing An KF-302-20 CS Grenade canisters produce denser smoke faster, giving protesters less time to react, source tells Post

11 Oct 2019 - 5:45PM

Jing An KF-302-20 CS Grenade canisters produce denser smoke faster, giving protesters less time to react, source tells Post

Hong Kong police buy new tear gas canisters from mainland China, including same hand-thrown model used by PLA’s anti-terrorism squad
More than 40 per cent of Hongkongers want to emigrate amid ongoing protests, survey finds

According to Chinese University survey, 42.3 per cent of respondents want to move abroad permanently, compared with 34 per cent in December last year.

11 Oct 2019 - 2:45PM

According to Chinese University survey, 42.3 per cent of respondents want to move abroad permanently, compared with 34 per cent in December last year.

More than 40 per cent of Hongkongers want to emigrate amid ongoing protests, survey finds
Hong Kong protests: police have right to remove masks from reporters and patients at any time under new law, top brass tell frontline officers

Top brass hold seminar for 400 officers at the police headquarters, briefing them on the details of the newly enacted anti-mask law and related guidelines, insiders say.

10 Oct 2019 - 11:30PM

Top brass hold seminar for 400 officers at the police headquarters, briefing them on the details of the newly enacted anti-mask law and related guidelines, insiders say.

Hong Kong protests: police have right to remove masks from reporters and patients at any time under new law, top brass tell frontline officers
Hong Kong police say new hotline for reporting protest violence is still working, but Line users face wait after friend requests are denied

Force turns to Line for intelligence gathering operation after WhatsApp failure, but app struggles to handle number of people trying to connect with officers.

10 Oct 2019 - 12:53AM

Force turns to Line for intelligence gathering operation after WhatsApp failure, but app struggles to handle number of people trying to connect with officers.

Hong Kong police say new hotline for reporting protest violence is still working, but Line users face wait after friend requests are denied
Four months of Hong Kong protests: how peaceful mass marches escalated to intense violence, a bitterly divided society and a loss of innocence

An estimated 1 million people marched peacefully on June 9, calling for the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill. Four months on, the city has become familiar with intense violence, wanton destruction and a bitterly divided society, while more than 2,000 people have been arrested.

10 Oct 2019 - 6:21AM

An estimated 1 million people marched peacefully on June 9, calling for the withdrawal of a controversial extradition bill. Four months on, the city has become familiar with intense violence, wanton destruction and a bitterly divided society, while more than 2,000 people have been arrested.

Four months of Hong Kong protests: how peaceful mass marches escalated to intense violence, a bitterly divided society and a loss of innocence
‘We cannot tell the world Hong Kong grooms local terrorists’ says government source, with officials wary of devastating consequences label might cause

Escalating violence meets definition of ‘terrorist acts’ according to local and international laws, but officials fear using designation would only make situation worse and cause devastating backlash.

8 Oct 2019 - 1:59PM

Escalating violence meets definition of ‘terrorist acts’ according to local and international laws, but officials fear using designation would only make situation worse and cause devastating backlash.

‘We cannot tell the world Hong Kong grooms local terrorists’ says government source, with officials wary of devastating consequences label might cause
Hong Kong fire officials worried protesters could follow online petrol bomb recipes with self-igniting material used in cluster bombs

Self-igniting material is used in ammunition, hand grenades and cluster bombs – but so far none has been found in protesters’ weapons.

7 Oct 2019 - 2:36PM

Self-igniting material is used in ammunition, hand grenades and cluster bombs – but so far none has been found in protesters’ weapons.

Hong Kong fire officials worried protesters could follow online petrol bomb recipes with self-igniting material used in cluster bombs
Hong Kong police make first arrests under new anti-mask law as at least 13 anti-government protesters are taken into custody

At least 13 anti-government protesters have been taken into custody and most of those were also arrested for engaging in unlawful assembly, police say.

7 Oct 2019 - 12:49AM

At least 13 anti-government protesters have been taken into custody and most of those were also arrested for engaging in unlawful assembly, police say.

Hong Kong police make first arrests under new anti-mask law as at least 13 anti-government protesters are taken into custody
Hong Kong protests: teenage boy who suffered gunshot wound in leg arrested on suspicion of taking part in riots and attacking police officer

Teenager, who is in a stable condition after an operation in Tuen Mun Hospital, is the second person to be hit by a live round since protests started in June.

5 Oct 2019 - 11:16PM

Teenager, who is in a stable condition after an operation in Tuen Mun Hospital, is the second person to be hit by a live round since protests started in June.

Hong Kong protests: teenage boy who suffered gunshot wound in leg arrested on suspicion of taking part in riots and attacking police officer
Anti-mask law targeting Hong Kong protesters could come into force by midnight on Friday, as government considers invoking emergency powers

New law could make it illegal to wear a mask in public except for medical or religious reasons, as Hong Kong government mulls giving itself emergency powers not seen for more than 50 years.

4 Oct 2019 - 12:36PM

New law could make it illegal to wear a mask in public except for medical or religious reasons, as Hong Kong government mulls giving itself emergency powers not seen for more than 50 years.

Anti-mask law targeting Hong Kong protesters could come into force by midnight on Friday, as government considers invoking emergency powers
Anti-mask law for protesters would be tough to enforce in streets and courtrooms, Hong Kong police and legal experts say

One police inspector says potential law will ‘unnecessarily stir up more trouble’, while law professor wonders if it constitutes inhumane treatment.

4 Oct 2019 - 8:20AM

One police inspector says potential law will ‘unnecessarily stir up more trouble’, while law professor wonders if it constitutes inhumane treatment.

Anti-mask law for protesters would be tough to enforce in streets and courtrooms, Hong Kong police and legal experts say
Hong Kong police guidelines on live rounds usage relaxed earlier this year, with options of anti-riot weapons expanded

Options of anti-riot weapons available under certain conditions also expanded.

3 Oct 2019 - 11:27PM

Options of anti-riot weapons available under certain conditions also expanded.

Hong Kong police guidelines on live rounds usage relaxed earlier this year, with options of anti-riot weapons expanded
Hong Kong in lockdown mode before mass illegal protests as defiant demonstrators aim to embarrass Beijing on National Day

Police deploying about 6,000 officers, as multiple building managements across city take steps to protect premises and hunker down for violence.

1 Oct 2019 - 11:41AM

Police deploying about 6,000 officers, as multiple building managements across city take steps to protect premises and hunker down for violence.

Hong Kong in lockdown mode before mass illegal protests as defiant demonstrators aim to embarrass Beijing on National Day
Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho told to resize parents’ graves found to be in breach of licence

Brother of controversial pro-Beijing figure receives letter demanding ‘prompt’ action to remodel gravesite, which was earlier targeted by vandals.

29 Sep 2019 - 9:33AM

Brother of controversial pro-Beijing figure receives letter demanding ‘prompt’ action to remodel gravesite, which was earlier targeted by vandals.

Hong Kong lawmaker Junius Ho told to resize parents’ graves found to be in breach of licence
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam asked to remain in Queen Elizabeth Stadium after first community dialogue to avoid clashes between police and protesters

Chief Executive Carrie Lam made it clear to police during preparatory meetings that she did not want force to clear path for her after event.

28 Sep 2019 - 6:43PM

Chief Executive Carrie Lam made it clear to police during preparatory meetings that she did not want force to clear path for her after event.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam asked to remain in Queen Elizabeth Stadium after first community dialogue to avoid clashes between police and protesters
Why Hong Kong police stopped sending anti-government protesters to the remote and controversial San Uk Ling Holding Centre

Detainees accused police of torturing or mistreating them at the Sheung Shui facility, previously used to hold mainland Chinese stowaways. The force rejected the allegations, but will in future keep activists at police stations.

27 Sep 2019 - 11:36PM

Detainees accused police of torturing or mistreating them at the Sheung Shui facility, previously used to hold mainland Chinese stowaways. The force rejected the allegations, but will in future keep activists at police stations.

Why Hong Kong police stopped sending anti-government protesters to the remote and controversial San Uk Ling Holding Centre
Carrie Lam holds her first community dialogue and participants are banned from carrying umbrellas, gas masks and helmets as police keep a low profile

Two-hour dialogue session scheduled for Thursday evening in Wan Chai. Force keeps ‘maximum reserve’ on standby in case protesters try to besiege venue.

25 Sep 2019 - 11:42PM

Two-hour dialogue session scheduled for Thursday evening in Wan Chai. Force keeps ‘maximum reserve’ on standby in case protesters try to besiege venue.

Carrie Lam holds her first community dialogue and participants are banned from carrying umbrellas, gas masks and helmets as police keep a low profile
Three members of Hong Kong localist party Demosisto ‘prosecuted for protest at national anthem bill committee meeting in March’

Department of Justice ‘issues summons’ to party vice-chairman Isaac Cheng and two others for ‘violating executive order’ on March 16.

21 Sep 2019 - 1:07AM

Department of Justice ‘issues summons’ to party vice-chairman Isaac Cheng and two others for ‘violating executive order’ on March 16.

Three members of Hong Kong localist party Demosisto ‘prosecuted for protest at national anthem bill committee meeting in March’
Hong Kong police brace for another weekend of violence with clashes expected at Lennon Walls as protests continue

Outspoken lawmaker Junius Ho vows to press ahead with his Clean Up HK campaign while protesters expected to mark two-month anniversary of Yuen Long station attack with sit-in.

23 Sep 2019 - 12:17PM

Outspoken lawmaker Junius Ho vows to press ahead with his Clean Up HK campaign while protesters expected to mark two-month anniversary of Yuen Long station attack with sit-in.

Hong Kong police brace for another weekend of violence with clashes expected at Lennon Walls as protests continue
Hong Kong court orders MTR to preserve footage of police operation at Prince Edward, Lai Chi Kok stations, pending ruling on releasing clips to student leader suing officers

Move comes before ruling on whether clips should be released to student leader who is suing officers.

19 Sep 2019 - 11:07PM

Move comes before ruling on whether clips should be released to student leader who is suing officers.

Hong Kong court orders MTR to preserve footage of police operation at Prince Edward, Lai Chi Kok stations, pending ruling on releasing clips to student leader suing officers
Police handling of Yuen Long attacks the main source of Hongkongers’ complaints against force since anti-government protests began

Independent Police Complaints Council says it received 822 complaints pertaining to public order events related to now-withdrawn fugitive bill. Force says most complaints concerned jammed emergency hotline on night of July 21 attacks.

17 Sep 2019 - 11:43PM

Independent Police Complaints Council says it received 822 complaints pertaining to public order events related to now-withdrawn fugitive bill. Force says most complaints concerned jammed emergency hotline on night of July 21 attacks.

Police handling of Yuen Long attacks the main source of Hongkongers’ complaints against force since anti-government protests began
Hundreds of doctors side with police over Hong Kong protests, exposing deep divisions in medical profession

Open letter also warns against glorification of anti-government violence and follows colleagues’ condemnation of police.

16 Sep 2019 - 11:37PM

Open letter also warns against glorification of anti-government violence and follows colleagues’ condemnation of police.

Hundreds of doctors side with police over Hong Kong protests, exposing deep divisions in medical profession