Phila Siu

Hong Kong

Phila Siu

Senior Reporter, Hong Kong

Phila Siu, also known as Bobby, has been a journalist since 2009. He has reported on human rights, security, politics, and society in Hong Kong, mainland China and Southeast Asia. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Hong Kong Baptist University and a human rights law master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.

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Immigration officials deport Indonesian domestic worker who covered Hong Kong protests as a citizen journalist and was arrested for overstay

The visa of Yuli Riswati, 39, had expired in July and she was arrested for overstay in September.

3 Dec 2019 - 1:46AM

The visa of Yuli Riswati, 39, had expired in July and she was arrested for overstay in September.

Immigration officials deport Indonesian domestic worker who covered Hong Kong protests as a citizen journalist and was arrested for overstay
Hong Kong protests: tens of thousands return to streets after days of calm as radicals trash shops with mainland China links

Peaceful march in Kowloon descends into chaos, ending the near-two-week hiatus of extreme protest violence.

2 Dec 2019 - 12:28PM

Peaceful march in Kowloon descends into chaos, ending the near-two-week hiatus of extreme protest violence.

Hong Kong protests: tens of thousands return to streets after days of calm as radicals trash shops with mainland China links
Hong Kong man hit over head with drain cover while clearing protesters’ barricades in Mong Kok

Victim, 53, suffered serious head injuries from attack by masked assailant in early hours of Sunday, police say.

3 Dec 2019 - 5:08AM

Victim, 53, suffered serious head injuries from attack by masked assailant in early hours of Sunday, police say.

Hong Kong man hit over head with drain cover while clearing protesters’ barricades in Mong Kok
From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis

Radicals and volunteers give their account of being part of the fierce clashes.

2 Dec 2019 - 4:25PM

Radicals and volunteers give their account of being part of the fierce clashes.

From war zone to ‘prison’: voices from Polytechnic University siege, site of some of the worst violence amid Hong Kong’s protest crisis
What’s next for Hong Kong protesters after the high of opposition bloc’s crushing victory at elections?

Some believe democrats should lay groundwork for Legislative Council election next September by spreading their political ideology at district level.

27 Nov 2019 - 6:38AM

Some believe democrats should lay groundwork for Legislative Council election next September by spreading their political ideology at district level.

What’s next for Hong Kong protesters after the high of opposition bloc’s crushing victory at elections?
Hong Kong protests: second day of calm in city as low-key peaceful protests mark four months since Yuen Long MTR attack and call for an end to PolyU siege

About 300 gather in Central at lunchtime to support those still trapped in Polytechnic University, while several hundred join sit-in at Yoho mall in evening.

22 Nov 2019 - 2:31AM

About 300 gather in Central at lunchtime to support those still trapped in Polytechnic University, while several hundred join sit-in at Yoho mall in evening.

Hong Kong protests: second day of calm in city as low-key peaceful protests mark four months since Yuen Long MTR attack and call for an end to PolyU siege
Hong Kong drivers may use Cross-Harbour Tunnel for free while torched toll booths are repaired, city’s No 2 official says

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says the Cross-Harbour Tunnel toll booths in Hung Hom had to be ‘almost entirely rebuilt’.

21 Nov 2019 - 7:14PM

Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung says the Cross-Harbour Tunnel toll booths in Hung Hom had to be ‘almost entirely rebuilt’.

Hong Kong drivers may use Cross-Harbour Tunnel for free while torched toll booths are repaired, city’s No 2 official says
More Hong Kong protesters leave Polytechnic University in surrender, dozens still barricaded inside besieged campus

About seven exit grounds of Polytechnic University seeking medical help as five-day siege continues, while city’s transport network returns to relative normality.

21 Nov 2019 - 3:44PM

About seven exit grounds of Polytechnic University seeking medical help as five-day siege continues, while city’s transport network returns to relative normality.

More Hong Kong protesters leave Polytechnic University in surrender, dozens still barricaded inside besieged campus
Hong Kong protesters respond to online calls to ‘paralyse’ city by disrupting traffic and rail services

Overcrowding measures brought in at Kowloon Tong station as protests cause delays and closures on six MTR lines.

20 Nov 2019 - 3:30PM

Overcrowding measures brought in at Kowloon Tong station as protests cause delays and closures on six MTR lines.

Hong Kong protesters respond to online calls to ‘paralyse’ city by disrupting traffic and rail services
Hong Kong police chase down protesters trying to escape from Polytechnic University

Several radical protesters who had been inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University tried to escape as first aiders and some injured protesters were escorted off the campus. Police quickly chased them down and arrested them. The university has been under siege for three days but it was a relatively calm evening at PolyU. The campus has been occupied by radical protesters for more than a week. Most have left but 60-100 remain inside.

20 Nov 2019 - 1:26AM

Several radical protesters who had been inside Hong Kong Polytechnic University tried to escape as first aiders and some injured protesters were escorted off the campus. Police quickly chased them down and arrested them. The university has been under siege for three days but it was a relatively calm evening at PolyU. The campus has been occupied by radical protesters for more than a week. Most have left but 60-100 remain inside.

Hong Kong police chase down protesters trying to escape from Polytechnic University
Hong Kong protests: bitter stand-off inside Polytechnic University continues with as many as 100 activists still on campus, determined to evade capture

Final group of volunteer first aid workers leave university late on Tuesday night, while a few protesters make a break for it by climbing fence.

20 Nov 2019 - 2:44AM

Final group of volunteer first aid workers leave university late on Tuesday night, while a few protesters make a break for it by climbing fence.

Hong Kong protests: bitter stand-off inside Polytechnic University continues with as many as 100 activists still on campus, determined to evade capture
No redemption in sewers as desperate radicals search high and low for way to escape, with Hong Kong police closing in around them

Small number of protesters remain inside Polytechnic University as routes out of campus prove hard to find, and more than 1,000 have been arrested or have surrendered as sewers fail to provide an answer.

19 Nov 2019 - 10:10PM

Small number of protesters remain inside Polytechnic University as routes out of campus prove hard to find, and more than 1,000 have been arrested or have surrendered as sewers fail to provide an answer.

No redemption in sewers as desperate radicals search high and low for way to escape, with Hong Kong police closing in around them
Polytechnic University war zone: how Hong Kong radicals got boxed in by police after two days of ferocious clashes

Sunday’s ugly battles end with police blocking campus exits, ordering radicals to leave.

19 Nov 2019 - 8:24AM

Sunday’s ugly battles end with police blocking campus exits, ordering radicals to leave.

Polytechnic University war zone: how Hong Kong radicals got boxed in by police after two days of ferocious clashes
Hong Kong protests: all schools to remain closed on Monday as city braces for more traffic disruption, while tear gas is fired near Polytechnic University

Traffic disruption expected to continue forcing Education Bureau to suspend classes for another day.

17 Nov 2019 - 2:53PM

Traffic disruption expected to continue forcing Education Bureau to suspend classes for another day.

Hong Kong protests: all schools to remain closed on Monday as city braces for more traffic disruption, while tear gas is fired near Polytechnic University
Hong Kong plunged into commuter chaos as protesters block roads and target rail services – with turmoil expected to continue for another day

Embattled MTR Corporation once again badly affected as protesters vandalise the rail giant’s facilities from early morning.

12 Nov 2019 - 3:25AM

Embattled MTR Corporation once again badly affected as protesters vandalise the rail giant’s facilities from early morning.

Hong Kong plunged into commuter chaos as protesters block roads and target rail services – with turmoil expected to continue for another day
Transport disruptions continue across Hong Kong as protesters flood streets after student wounded by police live round

By evening, 18 MTR stations were closed with more closures coming and other transport services suspended or delayed – as protesters vow to fight on.

11 Nov 2019 - 7:05PM

By evening, 18 MTR stations were closed with more closures coming and other transport services suspended or delayed – as protesters vow to fight on.

Transport disruptions continue across Hong Kong as protesters flood streets after student wounded by police live round
Hong Kong’s police associations slam Chinese University head Rocky Tuan for ‘biased’ statement based on students’ accounts of alleged assaults by officers

Various police associations on Wednesday slammed vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan for neglecting ‘the principle of seeking truths’.

23 Oct 2019 - 11:06PM

Various police associations on Wednesday slammed vice-chancellor Rocky Tuan for neglecting ‘the principle of seeking truths’.

Hong Kong’s police associations slam Chinese University head Rocky Tuan for ‘biased’ statement based on students’ accounts of alleged assaults by officers
Hong Kong protesters on meeting their housing dreams: yes, thank you, but we want genuine universal suffrage too

While Beijing has singled out housing issues as the root of the unrest in Hong Kong, an intricate web of other problems may have to be addressed.

25 Sep 2019 - 1:24PM

While Beijing has singled out housing issues as the root of the unrest in Hong Kong, an intricate web of other problems may have to be addressed.

Hong Kong protesters on meeting their housing dreams: yes, thank you, but we want genuine universal suffrage too
Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

7 Sep 2019 - 5:41PM

Station has become a flashpoint in protests rocking the city as people demand that rail operator release footage over August 31 police action.

Prince Edward MTR station shut down as handful of protesters gather, while Hong Kong airport operator warns crowd at bus station to leave, citing court order
Carrie Lam’s senior aide Ronny Tong says Hong Kong leader is best person to tackle city’s social problems

Remarks by Ronny Tong come after Lam’s leaked audio incident and hours before news emerges that chief executive will withdraw extradition bill.

4 Sep 2019 - 6:42PM

Remarks by Ronny Tong come after Lam’s leaked audio incident and hours before news emerges that chief executive will withdraw extradition bill.

Carrie Lam’s senior aide Ronny Tong says Hong Kong leader is best person to tackle city’s social problems
Hong Kong protests: police use pepper spray against angry crowd at railway station as Bar Association accuses force of ‘abuse of power’

Passers-by surrounded officers in Prince Edward MTR station demanding to know why the man had been subdued, as Bar Association issues strongly worded statement and claims officers obstructed those trying to provide legal assistance to suspects.

4 Sep 2019 - 11:44AM

Passers-by surrounded officers in Prince Edward MTR station demanding to know why the man had been subdued, as Bar Association issues strongly worded statement and claims officers obstructed those trying to provide legal assistance to suspects.

Hong Kong protests: police use pepper spray against angry crowd at railway station as Bar Association accuses force of ‘abuse of power’
Hong Kong protests: defiant university students, school pupils and residents go on strike, piling pressure on government to meet demands

Action held as police announce that 1,117 people have been arrested since anti-government protests erupted in June.

3 Sep 2019 - 5:16AM

Action held as police announce that 1,117 people have been arrested since anti-government protests erupted in June.

Hong Kong protests: defiant university students, school pupils and residents go on strike, piling pressure on government to meet demands
Chaos on Hong Kong’s MTR network as police chase protesters into station and arrest 63

Video footage shows members of police Special Tactical Squad, known as ‘raptors’, beating people on train at Prince Edward station, and services remain suspended there, Mong Kok, and Kowloon Bay, following night of violence and vandalism.

2 Sep 2019 - 1:32PM

Video footage shows members of police Special Tactical Squad, known as ‘raptors’, beating people on train at Prince Edward station, and services remain suspended there, Mong Kok, and Kowloon Bay, following night of violence and vandalism.

Chaos on Hong Kong’s MTR network as police chase protesters into station and arrest 63
Where are mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong’s summer of protests?

Joining the protests has made some feel like they have integrated into the city but others say they feel mostly indifferent as they are outsiders.

31 Aug 2019 - 4:05PM

Joining the protests has made some feel like they have integrated into the city but others say they feel mostly indifferent as they are outsiders.

Where are mainland Chinese students in Hong Kong’s summer of protests?
Hong Kong police target high-profile activists Joshua Wong, Andy Chan and Agnes Chow in wave of arrests amid anti-government protests

Wong and fellow pro-democracy figurehead Agnes Chow held on suspicion of unlawful assembly. Independence activist Andy Chan arrested earlier on suspicion of rioting.

31 Aug 2019 - 11:40AM

Wong and fellow pro-democracy figurehead Agnes Chow held on suspicion of unlawful assembly. Independence activist Andy Chan arrested earlier on suspicion of rioting.

Hong Kong police target high-profile activists Joshua Wong, Andy Chan and Agnes Chow in wave of arrests amid anti-government protests
Hong Kong police defend force’s detention protocol after arrest of 12-year-old anti-government protester in Tsuen Wan

Fifteen protesters between ages of 12 and 15 arrested since June – with the youngest arrested on Sunday.

28 Aug 2019 - 9:30AM

Fifteen protesters between ages of 12 and 15 arrested since June – with the youngest arrested on Sunday.

Hong Kong police defend force’s detention protocol after arrest of 12-year-old anti-government protester in Tsuen Wan
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam meets young people a day after unprecedented violence as police vow to match force with proportionate response

Hong Kong leader holds a closed-door meeting with about 20 people as, at a press briefing, police top brass defend an officer who made headlines when he fired a warning shot during chaotic scenes in Tsuen Wan.

27 Aug 2019 - 1:22PM

Hong Kong leader holds a closed-door meeting with about 20 people as, at a press briefing, police top brass defend an officer who made headlines when he fired a warning shot during chaotic scenes in Tsuen Wan.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam meets young people a day after unprecedented violence as police vow to match force with proportionate response
Hong Kong police officer fired warning shot in air because he felt ‘life was threatened’ by protesters attacking him and colleagues with metal pipes

Five officers responding to reports of vandalism were injured and sent to hospital after protesters armed with rods and pipes chased and attacked them.

26 Aug 2019 - 5:08PM

Five officers responding to reports of vandalism were injured and sent to hospital after protesters armed with rods and pipes chased and attacked them.

Hong Kong police officer fired warning shot in air because he felt ‘life was threatened’ by protesters attacking him and colleagues with metal pipes
Three nights of tear gas-free protests as Hong Kong’s anti-government movement gives peace a chance

Hong Kong wraps up eleventh consecutive weekend of protests, without any tear gas being fired, as organiser estimates 1.7 million turned out for Sunday’s Victoria Park rally.

19 Aug 2019 - 9:05AM

Hong Kong wraps up eleventh consecutive weekend of protests, without any tear gas being fired, as organiser estimates 1.7 million turned out for Sunday’s Victoria Park rally.

Three nights of tear gas-free protests as Hong Kong’s anti-government movement gives peace a chance
Peaceful march was change of strategy for Hong Kong protesters, giving government less room to act against them

Protesters avoided violence in Sunday’s massive anti-government march, a change of strategy that gave the authorities less room to act against them, observers said.

19 Aug 2019 - 7:49AM

Protesters avoided violence in Sunday’s massive anti-government march, a change of strategy that gave the authorities less room to act against them, observers said.

Peaceful march was change of strategy for Hong Kong protesters, giving government less room to act against them