Lea Li

Hong Kong

Lea Li

Video Producer

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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Hundreds of thousands joined Hong Kong’s first march approved by police since August

Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took to the street on December 8, 2019, the day before the six-month anniversary of the anti-government protests. For the first time since August, the Civil Human Rights Front, the organiser of the march, received a letter of no objection from the police.

9 Dec 2019 - 12:06AM

Hundreds of thousands of Hongkongers took to the street on December 8, 2019, the day before the six-month anniversary of the anti-government protests. For the first time since August, the Civil Human Rights Front, the organiser of the march, received a letter of no objection from the police.

Hundreds of thousands joined Hong Kong’s first march approved by police since August
Police enter Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus to gather evidence, clear protesters

Authorities moved into Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 28, 2019, to search for dangerous items and gather evidence after recent violent protests at the campus as well as to try and convince any remaining demonstrators to leave. 

28 Nov 2019 - 3:51PM

Authorities moved into Hong Kong Polytechnic University on November 28, 2019, to search for dangerous items and gather evidence after recent violent protests at the campus as well as to try and convince any remaining demonstrators to leave. 

Police enter Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus to gather evidence, clear protesters
Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp reeling after crushing defeat in district council elections

The anti-establishment mood after almost six months of street protests swept through polling stations across Hong Kong on November 24, 2019 as a record number of voters rejected pro-Beijing parties in favour of pro-democracy candidates.

25 Nov 2019 - 11:47PM

The anti-establishment mood after almost six months of street protests swept through polling stations across Hong Kong on November 24, 2019 as a record number of voters rejected pro-Beijing parties in favour of pro-democracy candidates.

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp reeling after crushing defeat in district council elections
Clean-up crews move into PolyU

After a 4-day siege by police, clean-up crews have been clearing the wreckage from around Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Bricks, barricades and broken glass were some of the debris being cleared away with shovels and mechanical claws.

20 Nov 2019 - 10:21PM

After a 4-day siege by police, clean-up crews have been clearing the wreckage from around Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Bricks, barricades and broken glass were some of the debris being cleared away with shovels and mechanical claws.

Clean-up crews move into PolyU
Clashes, escapes and arrests as stand-off continues at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The stand-off between radical protesters barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University and riot police threatening mass arrests continued without a solution into the early hours of November 19, 2019. Sources say dozens of protesters abseiled onto a highway from a campus footbridge and escaped via motorbike. Meanwhile, thousands of other demonstrators tried to march to the university to help those inside, resulting in more clashes with police.

19 Nov 2019 - 4:41AM

The stand-off between radical protesters barricaded inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University and riot police threatening mass arrests continued without a solution into the early hours of November 19, 2019. Sources say dozens of protesters abseiled onto a highway from a campus footbridge and escaped via motorbike. Meanwhile, thousands of other demonstrators tried to march to the university to help those inside, resulting in more clashes with police.

Clashes, escapes and arrests as stand-off continues at Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Night clashes around Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The clashes around the Hong Kong Polytechnic University continued into the night of November 17th as police set a deadline for people to leave. All medics and journalists were told to leave by 10pm and that anyone remaining on campus could be arrested and charged with rioting. A bridge that connects PolyU with the other side of the Cross Harbour tunnel became a battleground, with a police armoured car being hit with multiple petrol bombs. The violence stretched into the night as protesters from the Kowloon side tried to reach PolyU.

18 Nov 2019 - 3:42AM

The clashes around the Hong Kong Polytechnic University continued into the night of November 17th as police set a deadline for people to leave. All medics and journalists were told to leave by 10pm and that anyone remaining on campus could be arrested and charged with rioting. A bridge that connects PolyU with the other side of the Cross Harbour tunnel became a battleground, with a police armoured car being hit with multiple petrol bombs. The violence stretched into the night as protesters from the Kowloon side tried to reach PolyU.

Night clashes around Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Protesters and police in fierce clashes at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University

Hong Kong Polytechnic University was yet again the scene of clashes between anti-government protesters and police on Sunday November 17, 2019.  Most universities in the city have seen protesters leave and barricades come down, but protesters at PolyU continued their occupation. Water cannons and armoured cars failed to break the deadlock and the violence continued throughout the day.

17 Nov 2019 - 8:23PM

Hong Kong Polytechnic University was yet again the scene of clashes between anti-government protesters and police on Sunday November 17, 2019.  Most universities in the city have seen protesters leave and barricades come down, but protesters at PolyU continued their occupation. Water cannons and armoured cars failed to break the deadlock and the violence continued throughout the day.

Protesters and police in fierce clashes at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University
Protests continue to grip Hong Kong

Protests continued in Hong Kong through the afternoon and into the evening of November 14, 2019. 

15 Nov 2019 - 1:50AM

Protests continued in Hong Kong through the afternoon and into the evening of November 14, 2019. 

Protests continue to grip Hong Kong
Student protesters hunker down at Hong Kong campuses in anticipation of clashes with police

Hong Kong protesters crippled transport links and jammed roads causing chaos across the city for a third consecutive day on November 13, 2019.

14 Nov 2019 - 1:57AM

Hong Kong protesters crippled transport links and jammed roads causing chaos across the city for a third consecutive day on November 13, 2019.

Student protesters hunker down at Hong Kong campuses in anticipation of clashes with police
Chaos on campuses and Central district in Hong Kong on third consecutive day of serious violence

Radical protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police on university campuses and in the Central business district on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 

13 Nov 2019 - 5:20PM

Radical protesters in Hong Kong clashed with police on university campuses and in the Central business district on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 

Chaos on campuses and Central district in Hong Kong on third consecutive day of serious violence
Day of violence unfolds as Hong Kong enters sixth month of protests

Hong Kong was rocked by a day of chaos after a Hong Kong protester was shot by a policeman and required emergency surgery.

12 Nov 2019 - 2:31AM

Hong Kong was rocked by a day of chaos after a Hong Kong protester was shot by a policeman and required emergency surgery.

Day of violence unfolds as Hong Kong enters sixth month of protests
Tear gas fired in Tsuen Wan as flash mobs spring up across Hong Kong

After a relatively peaceful Saturday, black-clad protesters were out on the streets again, with some holding demonstrations in shopping malls. In Tsuen Wan, riot police entered a shopping mall and fired multiple rounds of tear gas outside to disperse the crowd.

11 Nov 2019 - 1:30AM

After a relatively peaceful Saturday, black-clad protesters were out on the streets again, with some holding demonstrations in shopping malls. In Tsuen Wan, riot police entered a shopping mall and fired multiple rounds of tear gas outside to disperse the crowd.

Tear gas fired in Tsuen Wan as flash mobs spring up across Hong Kong
Thousands hold vigils for Hong Kong student who died after car park fall

Thousands of people across Hong Kong held vigils on November 8 for Chow Tsz-lok. The 22-year-old computer science undergraduate studying at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology had died earlier that day. Chow had suffered a severe brain injury after he reportedly fell four metres (13 feet) at a car park in the early hours of November 4. The incident happened as police in the area were firing rounds of tear gas to disperse a crowd.

9 Nov 2019 - 5:30AM

Thousands of people across Hong Kong held vigils on November 8 for Chow Tsz-lok. The 22-year-old computer science undergraduate studying at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology had died earlier that day. Chow had suffered a severe brain injury after he reportedly fell four metres (13 feet) at a car park in the early hours of November 4. The incident happened as police in the area were firing rounds of tear gas to disperse a crowd.

Thousands hold vigils for Hong Kong student who died after car park fall
Protesters gather to mark one month since mask ban was introduced

Protesters gathered to mark one month since the introduction of the mask ban in Hong Kong, marching through Tsim Sha Tsui. Police deployed a water cannon to disperse the crowd. 

6 Nov 2019 - 2:05AM

Protesters gathered to mark one month since the introduction of the mask ban in Hong Kong, marching through Tsim Sha Tsui. Police deployed a water cannon to disperse the crowd. 

Protesters gather to mark one month since mask ban was introduced
Bloody attack after mall raids in Hong Kong

A vicious knife attack took place outside Cityplaza mall in Hong Kong on Sunday, November 3.  A political argument led to 6 people being hospitalised after a Mandarin speaking man had attacked a man and two women with a knife.  This horrific episode followed a day of police raids inside shopping malls across Hong Kong as the city’s political crisis grinds on.

4 Nov 2019 - 2:49AM

A vicious knife attack took place outside Cityplaza mall in Hong Kong on Sunday, November 3.  A political argument led to 6 people being hospitalised after a Mandarin speaking man had attacked a man and two women with a knife.  This horrific episode followed a day of police raids inside shopping malls across Hong Kong as the city’s political crisis grinds on.

Bloody attack after mall raids in Hong Kong
What sparked a flare-up of protests around the world?

In Hong Kong, it was an extradition bill; in Chile, metro ticket prices rose 4 US cents; while in Lebanon it was a tax on WhatsApp calls. 

26 Oct 2019 - 1:04PM

In Hong Kong, it was an extradition bill; in Chile, metro ticket prices rose 4 US cents; while in Lebanon it was a tax on WhatsApp calls. 

What sparked a flare-up of protests around the world?
Clashes in Kowloon on 20th straight weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong

Violence broke out between police and anti-government protesters on October 20, during the 20th straight Sunday of demonstrations in Hong Kong . Police fired multiple rounds of tear gas in an effort to disperse protesters in Kowloon, some of whom hurled petrol bombs at the officers. The clashes broke out shortly after a mass march that, despite not being approved by police, drew tens of thousands onto the streets to call on the government to meet their five key demands to resolve the political crisis that has dragged on for more than four months.

21 Oct 2019 - 1:07AM

Violence broke out between police and anti-government protesters on October 20, during the 20th straight Sunday of demonstrations in Hong Kong . Police fired multiple rounds of tear gas in an effort to disperse protesters in Kowloon, some of whom hurled petrol bombs at the officers. The clashes broke out shortly after a mass march that, despite not being approved by police, drew tens of thousands onto the streets to call on the government to meet their five key demands to resolve the political crisis that has dragged on for more than four months.

Clashes in Kowloon on 20th straight weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong
Hong Kong rally urges US Congress to pass Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters – some waving American flags – filled a downtown park and spilled out onto nearby roads on October 14, urging US congressmen to pass a bill that would sanction and penalise China and Hong Kong officials deemed to have suppressed democracy in the city.

15 Oct 2019 - 3:40AM

Thousands of Hong Kong protesters – some waving American flags – filled a downtown park and spilled out onto nearby roads on October 14, urging US congressmen to pass a bill that would sanction and penalise China and Hong Kong officials deemed to have suppressed democracy in the city.

Hong Kong rally urges US Congress to pass Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act
Shops vandalised and roads blocked on the 19th straight weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong

Masked vandals dressed in black targeted restaurants and shops in several shopping malls on October 13, 2019, as Hong Kong's anti-government protests entered their 19th week. Restaurants belonging to the Maxim's food chain had their windows smashed and were spray-painted and businesses with links to mainland China were turned upside down. There were also several violent confrontations between riot police and protesters, including an incident in which one officer was slashed in the neck from behind. Other protesters disrupted traffic by building barricades, dispersing before police arrived to remove them, and then returning to block roads again.

14 Oct 2019 - 12:47AM

Masked vandals dressed in black targeted restaurants and shops in several shopping malls on October 13, 2019, as Hong Kong's anti-government protests entered their 19th week. Restaurants belonging to the Maxim's food chain had their windows smashed and were spray-painted and businesses with links to mainland China were turned upside down. There were also several violent confrontations between riot police and protesters, including an incident in which one officer was slashed in the neck from behind. Other protesters disrupted traffic by building barricades, dispersing before police arrived to remove them, and then returning to block roads again.

Shops vandalised and roads blocked on the 19th straight weekend of anti-government protests in Hong Kong
Bruce Lee’s former mansion in Hong Kong torn down to make way for Chinese studies centre

Kung fu legend Bruce Lee's old home in Hong Kong's Kowloon Tong has been demolished to make way for a Chinese studies centre. 

8 Oct 2019 - 4:22PM

Kung fu legend Bruce Lee's old home in Hong Kong's Kowloon Tong has been demolished to make way for a Chinese studies centre. 

Bruce Lee’s former mansion in Hong Kong torn down to make way for Chinese studies centre
Hong Kong protesters go on violent rampage over government’s new anti-mask law

Hong Kong protesters reacted with anger to the government’s introduction of a new anti-mask law on October 4, 2019, blocking roads and vandalising rail stations as well as businesses owned by companies which have voiced opposition to demonstrations. 

5 Oct 2019 - 2:52AM

Hong Kong protesters reacted with anger to the government’s introduction of a new anti-mask law on October 4, 2019, blocking roads and vandalising rail stations as well as businesses owned by companies which have voiced opposition to demonstrations. 

Hong Kong protesters go on violent rampage over government’s new anti-mask law
Five years after Occupy: comparing Hong Kong’s 2014 movement with the 2019 extradition bill protests

On September 28, 2014, pro-democracy activists and student leaders in Hong Kong started what would become a 79-day occupation of major roads in the city to demand universal suffrage in elections for the city’s chief executive.

29 Sep 2019 - 12:22AM

On September 28, 2014, pro-democracy activists and student leaders in Hong Kong started what would become a 79-day occupation of major roads in the city to demand universal suffrage in elections for the city’s chief executive.

Five years after Occupy: comparing Hong Kong’s 2014 movement with the 2019 extradition bill protests
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam holds first community dialogue in bid to ease tensions in anti-government protests

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam held her first community dialogue in Wan Chai on September 26. She announced that a controversial detention centre in San Uk Ling will not be used to hold protesters in future. Meanwhile, many of the speakers called for an independent inquiry into police use of force. Lam admitted that it is one of the ways of finding out the truth, but people should give the Independent Police Complaints Council a chance to do their job first.

27 Sep 2019 - 3:19AM

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam held her first community dialogue in Wan Chai on September 26. She announced that a controversial detention centre in San Uk Ling will not be used to hold protesters in future. Meanwhile, many of the speakers called for an independent inquiry into police use of force. Lam admitted that it is one of the ways of finding out the truth, but people should give the Independent Police Complaints Council a chance to do their job first.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam holds first community dialogue in bid to ease tensions in anti-government protests
‘Glory to Hong Kong’: the composer of the city’s protest anthem speaks

Since it was released in early September 2019, a Cantonese song Glory to Hong Kong has been widely shared online, starting with the LIHKG forum – a digital platform which anti-government protesters primarily use to discuss tactics. 

25 Sep 2019 - 7:00AM

Since it was released in early September 2019, a Cantonese song Glory to Hong Kong has been widely shared online, starting with the LIHKG forum – a digital platform which anti-government protesters primarily use to discuss tactics. 

‘Glory to Hong Kong’: the composer of the city’s protest anthem speaks
MTR stations shut and police fire tear gas in Sha Tin after Hong Kong protesters start fire and desecrate Chinese flag

Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong took over shopping malls in Sha Tin and Nam Cheong on September 22, targeting businesses linked to mainland China, or seen as being pro-police or pro-government, and forcing them to close. The chaos in Sha Tin then escalated as protesters desecrated a national flag, built barricades and set fires, resulting in tear gas fired by police.

23 Sep 2019 - 8:48AM

Anti-government protesters in Hong Kong took over shopping malls in Sha Tin and Nam Cheong on September 22, targeting businesses linked to mainland China, or seen as being pro-police or pro-government, and forcing them to close. The chaos in Sha Tin then escalated as protesters desecrated a national flag, built barricades and set fires, resulting in tear gas fired by police.

MTR stations shut and police fire tear gas in Sha Tin after Hong Kong protesters start fire and desecrate Chinese flag
100 days of protests: a milestone for Hong Kong’s anti-extradition chaos

When Hong Kong first saw a first mass march against the government’s now-abandoned extradition bill on June 9, 2019, few could have predicted the political abyss that would follow. 

17 Sep 2019 - 8:09PM

When Hong Kong first saw a first mass march against the government’s now-abandoned extradition bill on June 9, 2019, few could have predicted the political abyss that would follow. 

100 days of protests: a milestone for Hong Kong’s anti-extradition chaos
MTR train carrying passengers derails in Hong Kong

At least eight passengers were injured when an MTR train derailed in Hong Kong on September 17, 2019, leading to a service suspension on the East Rail Line.

17 Sep 2019 - 3:59PM

At least eight passengers were injured when an MTR train derailed in Hong Kong on September 17, 2019, leading to a service suspension on the East Rail Line.

MTR train carrying passengers derails in Hong Kong
Street fights in North Point as protesters are pushed out of Causeway Bay

Protesters were pushed from Admiralty, through Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, eventually ending up in North Point. The district is known for having many residents sympathetic to the government side of this crisis, and it wasn’t long before fights erupted in the streets.  

16 Sep 2019 - 3:43AM

Protesters were pushed from Admiralty, through Wan Chai and Causeway Bay, eventually ending up in North Point. The district is known for having many residents sympathetic to the government side of this crisis, and it wasn’t long before fights erupted in the streets.  

Street fights in North Point as protesters are pushed out of Causeway Bay
Fires burn in Hong Kong as protesters clash with police in Admiralty

Central Hong Kong was yet again a battleground. Protesters returned to the scene of previous conflicts with police and occupied streets around government headquarters. Petrol bombs were thrown over the barriers and police responded with tear gas and water cannons.

15 Sep 2019 - 11:11PM

Central Hong Kong was yet again a battleground. Protesters returned to the scene of previous conflicts with police and occupied streets around government headquarters. Petrol bombs were thrown over the barriers and police responded with tear gas and water cannons.

Fires burn in Hong Kong as protesters clash with police in Admiralty
Tradition merges with protests at Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival

Hong Kong observed the Mid-Autumn Festival amid the shadow of protests against the government and their handling of the now withdrawn extradition bill. The fire dragon danced as usual and people gathered in Victoria Park to admire the lanterns on public display.  But across the harbour, a human protest chain was formed across Lion Rock, and protest songs and chants echoed through malls and public spaces.

14 Sep 2019 - 11:05PM

Hong Kong observed the Mid-Autumn Festival amid the shadow of protests against the government and their handling of the now withdrawn extradition bill. The fire dragon danced as usual and people gathered in Victoria Park to admire the lanterns on public display.  But across the harbour, a human protest chain was formed across Lion Rock, and protest songs and chants echoed through malls and public spaces.

Tradition merges with protests at Hong Kong’s Mid-Autumn Festival