Lea Li

Lea Li joined the Post in 2016 and specialises in the video production of news and features. His reporting covers political and social issues in China and Hong Kong. His work was recognised with an honorable mention in the Excellence in Video Reporting category at the 2018 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards. He holds a master's degree in multimedia and entertainment technology from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Lea Li
Lea Li joined the Post in 2016 and specialises in the video production of news and features. His reporting covers political and social issues in China and Hong Kong. His work was recognised with an honorable mention in the Excellence in Video Reporting category at the 2018 Society of Publishers in Asia Awards. He holds a master's degree in multimedia and entertainment technology from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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Shot fired and water cannon deployed as police and protesters clash in Hong Kong's Western New Territories

For the first time in 12 weekends of anti-government protests, a policeman fired a warning shot during clashes with demonstrators in Hong Kong. Earlier, police also deployed water cannon for the first time, threatening to use them in order to disperse hundreds of protesters who had occupied a road following a march.

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For the first time in 12 weekends of anti-government protests, a policeman fired a warning shot during clashes with demonstrators in Hong Kong. Earlier, police also deployed water cannon for the first time, threatening to use them in order to disperse hundreds of protesters who had occupied a road following a march.

Shot fired and water cannon deployed as police and protesters clash in Hong Kong's Western New Territories
Protesters gather at Hong Kong MTR stations to remind passengers of Yuen Long attack

Anti-government protesters held demonstrations at Hong Kong’s Lai King and Kowloon Tong MTR stations on August 21, 2019 to mark one month since violent attacks in Yuen Long. On July 21, a group of rod-wielding men dressed in white were seen attacking protesters and passers-by indiscriminately in Yuen Long MTR station.
Anti-government protesters have also planned a sit-in at Yuen Long station at 7pm on August 21.

21 Aug 2019 - 5:18PM

Anti-government protesters held demonstrations at Hong Kong’s Lai King and Kowloon Tong MTR stations on August 21, 2019 to mark one month since violent attacks in Yuen Long. On July 21, a group of rod-wielding men dressed in white were seen attacking protesters and passers-by indiscriminately in Yuen Long MTR station.
Anti-government protesters have also planned a sit-in at Yuen Long station at 7pm on August 21.

Protesters gather at Hong Kong MTR stations to remind passengers of Yuen Long attack
Anti-government protesters flock to Hong Kong park for major rally on eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest

Hong Kong protesters gathered for another massive rally on August 18, 2019. This is the eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest in Hong Kong since the extradition bill crisis began in June. 

18 Aug 2019 - 10:06PM

Hong Kong protesters gathered for another massive rally on August 18, 2019. This is the eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest in Hong Kong since the extradition bill crisis began in June. 

Anti-government protesters flock to Hong Kong park for major rally on eleventh consecutive weekend of unrest
Hong Kong protest tactics: occupy, disrupt, disperse, repeat

Hong Kong’s protesters have developed sophisticated tactics to keep pace with police efforts to subdue and disperse them.

19 Aug 2019 - 1:24PM

Hong Kong’s protesters have developed sophisticated tactics to keep pace with police efforts to subdue and disperse them.

Hong Kong protest tactics: occupy, disrupt, disperse, repeat
As it happened: Unprecedented disruption and violent clashes at Hong Kong International Airport

Violent clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and riot police at Hong Kong International Airport after thousands occupied the departures area, triggering the closure of check-in counters on August 13, 2019.

14 Aug 2019 - 10:54PM

Violent clashes broke out between anti-government protesters and riot police at Hong Kong International Airport after thousands occupied the departures area, triggering the closure of check-in counters on August 13, 2019.

As it happened: Unprecedented disruption and violent clashes at Hong Kong International Airport
Flights out of Hong Kong airport cancelled due to mass protest

All flights out of Hong Kong from 4pm on Monday were cancelled after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the airport terminal building, following another weekend of clashes with police.

12 Aug 2019 - 11:18PM

All flights out of Hong Kong from 4pm on Monday were cancelled after thousands of anti-government protesters occupied the airport terminal building, following another weekend of clashes with police.

Flights out of Hong Kong airport cancelled due to mass protest
Hong Kong Sunday protests descend into chaos

Sunday saw another day and night of violent clashes in Hong Kong between the police and anti-government protesters who are angry with the government’s handling of the extradition bill crisis. A potential clash in North Point between protesters and Beijing loyalists never materialised. Instead, an approved rally in Victoria Park was followed by street occupations and blockages across the centre of Hong Kong Island. Riot police were on hand to clear the protesters with tear gas and baton charges. On Kowloon side, a rally that had failed to secure police permission went ahead anyway. Protesters then revisited flashpoints from previous days, where violence yet again gripped the streets. 

12 Aug 2019 - 3:54AM

Sunday saw another day and night of violent clashes in Hong Kong between the police and anti-government protesters who are angry with the government’s handling of the extradition bill crisis. A potential clash in North Point between protesters and Beijing loyalists never materialised. Instead, an approved rally in Victoria Park was followed by street occupations and blockages across the centre of Hong Kong Island. Riot police were on hand to clear the protesters with tear gas and baton charges. On Kowloon side, a rally that had failed to secure police permission went ahead anyway. Protesters then revisited flashpoints from previous days, where violence yet again gripped the streets. 

Hong Kong Sunday protests descend into chaos
Hong Kong Catholics hold candlelight march to call for peace amid Hong Kong’s political unrest

Hundreds of Hong Kong Catholics marched through the city’s central business district. They demand full withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill, independent investigation into clashes caused by the political crisis and re-opening of the city’s political reform that allows universal suffrage. Joseph Ha Chi-shing, Auxiliary Bishop calls for both protesters and police to stop violent actions.

9 Aug 2019 - 2:15AM

Hundreds of Hong Kong Catholics marched through the city’s central business district. They demand full withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill, independent investigation into clashes caused by the political crisis and re-opening of the city’s political reform that allows universal suffrage. Joseph Ha Chi-shing, Auxiliary Bishop calls for both protesters and police to stop violent actions.

Hong Kong Catholics hold candlelight march to call for peace amid Hong Kong’s political unrest
UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum puts himself together after heartbreaking loss

Kelvin Gastelum, 27, is an American professional mixed martial artist who had been ranked No 3 in the official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight rankings.
His fell out of the position after his April 13, 2019, unanimous-decision loss to Israel Adesanya in a back-and-forth fight.

8 Aug 2019 - 5:05PM

Kelvin Gastelum, 27, is an American professional mixed martial artist who had been ranked No 3 in the official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight rankings.
His fell out of the position after his April 13, 2019, unanimous-decision loss to Israel Adesanya in a back-and-forth fight.

UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum puts himself together after heartbreaking loss
Hongkongers rally to demand release of student arrested over possession of laser pens

Hundreds rallied at Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui and aimed laser beams at the Hong Kong Space Museum to demand the release of a student arrested for having laser pointers.

8 Aug 2019 - 2:17AM

Hundreds rallied at Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui and aimed laser beams at the Hong Kong Space Museum to demand the release of a student arrested for having laser pointers.

Hongkongers rally to demand release of student arrested over possession of laser pens
Nighttime violence in Hong Kong

Angry protests took place in at least 7 locations across Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. Violent clashes broke out near multiple police stations in the city at night. Protesters started a fire outside the police station in Sha Tin. The working-class district of Sham Shui Po saw the protests again target the police. A journalist was injured when a tear gas canister reportedly struck him in the head.

6 Aug 2019 - 12:44PM

Angry protests took place in at least 7 locations across Hong Kong on August 5, 2019. Violent clashes broke out near multiple police stations in the city at night. Protesters started a fire outside the police station in Sha Tin. The working-class district of Sham Shui Po saw the protests again target the police. A journalist was injured when a tear gas canister reportedly struck him in the head.

Nighttime violence in Hong Kong
Mob with poles battles protesters in Hong Kong

Following a morning of transport disruption, Hong Kong protesters launched a full-scale non-cooperation movement on the afternoon of August 5. 

6 Aug 2019 - 1:35AM

Following a morning of transport disruption, Hong Kong protesters launched a full-scale non-cooperation movement on the afternoon of August 5. 

Mob with poles battles protesters in Hong Kong
Hong Kong citywide strike turns violent as protesters seize control of major roads and clash with police in multiple locations

Following a morning of transport disruption, some Hong Kong protesters taking part in a citywide strike have clashed with police, who fired tear gas and made dozens of arrests.

5 Aug 2019 - 8:06PM

Following a morning of transport disruption, some Hong Kong protesters taking part in a citywide strike have clashed with police, who fired tear gas and made dozens of arrests.

Hong Kong citywide strike turns violent as protesters seize control of major roads and clash with police in multiple locations
Flash mob protests cause chaos in Hong Kong

Hong Kong protests bounced from district to district on Sunday, August 4.  Protesters took over landmarks, streets and transport interchanges, but quickly relocated after causing maximum disruption. Western district, Causeway Bay, the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, Golden Bauhinia Square and various locations on the Kowloon side were swiftly occupied, disrupted and then abandoned. This comes ahead of a general strike called for by protesters on Monday, August 5.

5 Aug 2019 - 2:16AM

Hong Kong protests bounced from district to district on Sunday, August 4.  Protesters took over landmarks, streets and transport interchanges, but quickly relocated after causing maximum disruption. Western district, Causeway Bay, the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, Golden Bauhinia Square and various locations on the Kowloon side were swiftly occupied, disrupted and then abandoned. This comes ahead of a general strike called for by protesters on Monday, August 5.

Flash mob protests cause chaos in Hong Kong
Wedding for Hong Kong couple facing up to 10-years in jail on rioting charges

Two people facing riot charges in Hong Kong  have tied the knot at the city’s Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry.

4 Aug 2019 - 7:37PM

Two people facing riot charges in Hong Kong  have tied the knot at the city’s Cotton Tree Drive Marriage Registry.

Wedding for Hong Kong couple facing up to 10-years in jail on rioting charges
Chrysanthemum tofu: cheap Chinese staple gets upgrade into top-tier treat

Chinese cuisine chef Junno Li Zhenlong puts his mastery of intricate knife skills to good use with a series of dishes he has created at The Chinese Library restaurant.  

2 Aug 2019 - 8:00AM

Chinese cuisine chef Junno Li Zhenlong puts his mastery of intricate knife skills to good use with a series of dishes he has created at The Chinese Library restaurant.  

Chrysanthemum tofu: cheap Chinese staple gets upgrade into top-tier treat
Tropical Storm Wipha soaks southern China after raising Hong Kong’s first No 8 warning of the year

Tropical Storm Wipha moved away from Hong Kong on the morning of August 1, 2019, leaving the No 3 strong wind and amber rainstorm warning signals in place.
At 1.40pm on July 31, the Hong Kong Observatory issued its first No 8 typhoon signal of the year as Wipha hit the city. The signal was downgraded to No 3 about 10 hours later. 

1 Aug 2019 - 1:37PM

Tropical Storm Wipha moved away from Hong Kong on the morning of August 1, 2019, leaving the No 3 strong wind and amber rainstorm warning signals in place.
At 1.40pm on July 31, the Hong Kong Observatory issued its first No 8 typhoon signal of the year as Wipha hit the city. The signal was downgraded to No 3 about 10 hours later. 

Tropical Storm Wipha soaks southern China after raising Hong Kong’s first No 8 warning of the year
Despite approaching Tropical Storm Wipha, hundreds protest outside Hong Kong court to support demonstrators facing rioting charges

Despite the rapid approach of powerful Tropical Storm Wipha, hundreds of protesters have gathered outside a Hong Kong court to support more than 40 demonstrators who face rioting charges. The 28 men and 16 women were arrested on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in connection with a demonstration that turned violent in the city's central business district.

31 Jul 2019 - 8:52PM

Despite the rapid approach of powerful Tropical Storm Wipha, hundreds of protesters have gathered outside a Hong Kong court to support more than 40 demonstrators who face rioting charges. The 28 men and 16 women were arrested on Sunday, July 28, 2019, in connection with a demonstration that turned violent in the city's central business district.

Despite approaching Tropical Storm Wipha, hundreds protest outside Hong Kong court to support demonstrators facing rioting charges
Tropical Storm Wipha: Hong Kong Observatory issues signal No 8 as storm edges closer to city

The Hong Kong Observatory issued its first No 8 typhoon signal of the year on July 31, 2019, as Tropical Storm Wipha approached the city.

31 Jul 2019 - 6:28PM

The Hong Kong Observatory issued its first No 8 typhoon signal of the year on July 31, 2019, as Tropical Storm Wipha approached the city.

Tropical Storm Wipha: Hong Kong Observatory issues signal No 8 as storm edges closer to city
Protesters block subway trains causing massive delays during Hong Kong rush hour

Hong Kong commuters struggled through traffic chaos on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, as protesters prevented MTR trains from leaving stations and disrupted other modes of transport during the morning rush hour.

30 Jul 2019 - 3:55PM

Hong Kong commuters struggled through traffic chaos on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, as protesters prevented MTR trains from leaving stations and disrupted other modes of transport during the morning rush hour.

Protesters block subway trains causing massive delays during Hong Kong rush hour
Extradition bill protesters cause rush hour chaos in Hong Kong by blocking main MTR rail line

Rush hour train services were disrupted and delayed in Hong Kong on the morning of July 24, 2019, after protesters launched another campaign targeting railway operator MTR Corporation.

24 Jul 2019 - 1:44PM

Rush hour train services were disrupted and delayed in Hong Kong on the morning of July 24, 2019, after protesters launched another campaign targeting railway operator MTR Corporation.

Extradition bill protesters cause rush hour chaos in Hong Kong by blocking main MTR rail line
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘condemns’ all violence as it ‘is not a solution to any problem’

During a press conference on Monday, Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam condemned the recent outburst of violence in the city on Sunday night. A group of protesters vandalised Beijing’s Liaison Office on Hong Kong Island, and a rod-welding mob indiscriminately attacked protesters and passers-by travelling through the Yuen Long MTR station in the New Territories. 

22 Jul 2019 - 11:21PM

During a press conference on Monday, Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam condemned the recent outburst of violence in the city on Sunday night. A group of protesters vandalised Beijing’s Liaison Office on Hong Kong Island, and a rod-welding mob indiscriminately attacked protesters and passers-by travelling through the Yuen Long MTR station in the New Territories. 

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam ‘condemns’ all violence as it ‘is not a solution to any problem’
Third major march against extradition bill turns Hong Kong’s financial district into battleground, sparks violent attacks on protesters by mob in Yuen Long

Hong Kong has been rocked by more violence after a third massive march against the extradition bill and the city’s embattled government on Sunday, July 21, 2019. 

24 Jul 2019 - 3:07PM

Hong Kong has been rocked by more violence after a third massive march against the extradition bill and the city’s embattled government on Sunday, July 21, 2019. 

Third major march against extradition bill turns Hong Kong’s financial district into battleground, sparks violent attacks on protesters by mob in Yuen Long
Central Hong Kong becomes battleground as riot police clash with protesters after third major march against extradition bill

Hong Kong police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who occupied a major road following the latest protest march against the contentious extradition bill. Although police had shortened the march route due to security concerns, many protesters continued past the designated endpoint, resulting in a standoff with police in the central business district.

22 Jul 2019 - 2:55PM

Hong Kong police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to disperse hundreds of demonstrators who occupied a major road following the latest protest march against the contentious extradition bill. Although police had shortened the march route due to security concerns, many protesters continued past the designated endpoint, resulting in a standoff with police in the central business district.

 Central Hong Kong becomes battleground as riot police clash with protesters after third major march against extradition bill
Protesters vandalise Beijing’s office in Hong Kong after hundreds of thousands attend third major march against extradition bill

Hundreds of anti-extradition bill protesters gathered outside the Beijing liaison office in Hong Kong on July 21. Some pelted eggs, while others spray-painted the front of the building. Riot police later moved in to clear them. 

24 Jul 2019 - 3:41PM

Hundreds of anti-extradition bill protesters gathered outside the Beijing liaison office in Hong Kong on July 21. Some pelted eggs, while others spray-painted the front of the building. Riot police later moved in to clear them. 

Protesters vandalise Beijing’s office in Hong Kong after hundreds of thousands attend third major march against extradition bill
China’s ‘biggest’ crane game centre gets customers digging out plush versions of popular online characters

Business is picking up at China’s largest claw crane game arcade in the capital Beijing. 

18 Jul 2019 - 12:19PM

Business is picking up at China’s largest claw crane game arcade in the capital Beijing. 

China’s ‘biggest’ crane game centre gets customers digging out plush versions of popular online characters
Hongkongers react to the extradition bill clashes in Sha Tin

Violent clashes between protesters and police officers in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin district on July 14, 2019 sent 28 protesters and officers to hospital. More than 40 people were arrested.

16 Jul 2019 - 7:56PM

Violent clashes between protesters and police officers in Hong Kong’s Sha Tin district on July 14, 2019 sent 28 protesters and officers to hospital. More than 40 people were arrested.

Hongkongers react to the extradition bill clashes in Sha Tin
On Hong Kong’s Diploma of Secondary Education exam results day, emotions run high

High school students received their results for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) on July 10, 2019. Twelve of the highest performers in Hong Kong’s main university entrance exams come from nine elite schools.

10 Jul 2019 - 5:52PM

High school students received their results for the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) on July 10, 2019. Twelve of the highest performers in Hong Kong’s main university entrance exams come from nine elite schools.

On Hong Kong’s Diploma of Secondary Education exam results day, emotions run high
Beijing’s first Shiba Inu dog cafe is a crowd pleaser

Zhao Songxue adopted a Shiba Inu dog while studying in Japan and when she returned to China she opened the first Shiba Inu cafe in Beijing. Customers can order desserts and drinks while playing with Shiba dogs. After its opening in May 2019, the small establishment became a hit on social media and is now a popular spot in the capital.

10 Jul 2019 - 4:03PM

Zhao Songxue adopted a Shiba Inu dog while studying in Japan and when she returned to China she opened the first Shiba Inu cafe in Beijing. Customers can order desserts and drinks while playing with Shiba dogs. After its opening in May 2019, the small establishment became a hit on social media and is now a popular spot in the capital.

Beijing’s first Shiba Inu dog cafe is a crowd pleaser
Protesters and police clash at night in Mong Kok after mass rally against Hong Kong extradition bill

After a largely peaceful demonstration in Kowloon against the Hong Kong government’s now-suspended extradition bill, protesters and police clashed at night in Mong Kok, July 7, 2019.

8 Jul 2019 - 11:43AM

After a largely peaceful demonstration in Kowloon against the Hong Kong government’s now-suspended extradition bill, protesters and police clashed at night in Mong Kok, July 7, 2019.

Protesters and police clash at night in Mong Kok after mass rally against Hong Kong extradition bill