Phila Siu

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.
Phila Siu
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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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
Daughter of South Korean farmer who died of injuries from water cannon warns Hong Kong police the weapon is far from non-lethal

Baek Nam-gi died 10 months after being knocked over by a powerful jet of water during an anti-government protest in 2015. His daughter says water cannons are not necessary to maintain public order.

16 Aug 2019 - 11:09PM

Baek Nam-gi died 10 months after being knocked over by a powerful jet of water during an anti-government protest in 2015. His daughter says water cannons are not necessary to maintain public order.

Daughter of South Korean farmer who died of injuries from water cannon warns Hong Kong police the weapon is far from non-lethal
Hong Kong airport struggles to pick up pieces after 1,000 flights grounded as security tightened after court order secured to clear protesters

Unprecedented violence at airport sparks widespread condemnation including from Beijing and local officials, residents and tourists, as well as business groups.

15 Aug 2019 - 3:11PM

Unprecedented violence at airport sparks widespread condemnation including from Beijing and local officials, residents and tourists, as well as business groups.

Hong Kong airport struggles to pick up pieces after 1,000 flights grounded as security tightened after court order secured to clear protesters
Police defend firing tear gas and pepper balls in Hong Kong MTR stations during clashes with protesters, despite condemnation by residents and rail unions

Commuters and rail staff tell of pain and discomfort after deployment of tear gas, but police say they used ‘minimum force’ against violent protesters. Unions describe police charge at protesters on moving escalator as ‘terrifying’.

13 Aug 2019 - 12:44AM

Commuters and rail staff tell of pain and discomfort after deployment of tear gas, but police say they used ‘minimum force’ against violent protesters. Unions describe police charge at protesters on moving escalator as ‘terrifying’.

Police defend firing tear gas and pepper balls in Hong Kong MTR stations during clashes with protesters, despite condemnation by residents and rail unions
Hong Kong teacher driven to suicide by principal’s ‘unideal’ management style and poor working environment, independent inquiry finds

Lam Lai-tong fell to her death in March at TWGHs Leo Tung-Hai Lee Primary School in Tin Shui Wai, and independent inquiry says management style of principal Law Yuen-yee was partly to blame.

8 Aug 2019 - 11:54PM

Lam Lai-tong fell to her death in March at TWGHs Leo Tung-Hai Lee Primary School in Tin Shui Wai, and independent inquiry says management style of principal Law Yuen-yee was partly to blame.

Hong Kong teacher driven to suicide by principal’s ‘unideal’ management style and poor working environment, independent inquiry finds
Laser pointers are not illegal in Hong Kong, but are they weapons, and what harm can they do to people?

Experts say if a beam is powerful enough it can burn a person’s skin and damage their eyesight permanently.

8 Aug 2019 - 4:48PM

Experts say if a beam is powerful enough it can burn a person’s skin and damage their eyesight permanently.

Laser pointers are not illegal in Hong Kong, but are they weapons, and what harm can they do to people?
Hundreds attack Hong Kong police station after Tseung Kwan O march turns ugly, with police warning they will disperse protesters

Event follows night of chaos in Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wong Tai Sin.

4 Aug 2019 - 11:50PM

Event follows night of chaos in Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and Wong Tai Sin.

Hundreds attack Hong Kong police station after Tseung Kwan O march turns ugly, with police warning they will disperse protesters
Hong Kong protests: more than 20 arrested after clashes in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Wong Tai Sin

Clashes flared in Wong Tai Sin after reports that police had arrived to make arrests, with hundreds blocking police vans from leaving.

4 Aug 2019 - 6:12PM

Clashes flared in Wong Tai Sin after reports that police had arrived to make arrests, with hundreds blocking police vans from leaving.

Hong Kong protests: more than 20 arrested after clashes in Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Wong Tai Sin
Hong Kong government warns employees to remain neutral or face consequences on eve of civil servant rally over extradition bill crisis

Statement warns of action against civil servants for service code violation as around 2,000 employees plan to join rally in Central on Friday.

1 Aug 2019 - 11:42PM

Statement warns of action against civil servants for service code violation as around 2,000 employees plan to join rally in Central on Friday.

Hong Kong government warns employees to remain neutral or face consequences on eve of civil servant rally over extradition bill crisis
Hong Kong police left ‘dejected and discouraged’ by corruption watchdog’s investigation over violent Yuen Long attacks

Independent Commission Against Corruption reportedly set to look into allegations of misconduct, but some officers want leaking of investigation to be subject of its own inquiry.

1 Aug 2019 - 6:20AM

Independent Commission Against Corruption reportedly set to look into allegations of misconduct, but some officers want leaking of investigation to be subject of its own inquiry.

Hong Kong police left ‘dejected and discouraged’ by corruption watchdog’s investigation over violent Yuen Long attacks
Hong Kong protesters injured in drive-by firework attack from private vehicle after clashes outside police stations

Demonstrators attacked as they vented anger over riot charges against 44 people, following clashes with police.

31 Jul 2019 - 5:05PM

Demonstrators attacked as they vented anger over riot charges against 44 people, following clashes with police.

Hong Kong protesters injured in drive-by firework attack from private vehicle after clashes outside police stations
Hong Kong train services return to normal as anti-government protesters end blockades at MTR stations

Operations were earlier interrupted at several stations, leading to delays and confrontations. MTR officials plead with protesters not to inconvenience passengers.

30 Jul 2019 - 4:02PM

Operations were earlier interrupted at several stations, leading to delays and confrontations. MTR officials plead with protesters not to inconvenience passengers.

Hong Kong train services return to normal as anti-government protesters end blockades at MTR stations
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
Hong Kong police must probe pro-Beijing politician Junius Ho’s alleged links to group behind Yuen Long violence, says lawmaker Eddie Chu

Junius Ho must be investigated, says opposition lawmaker accused earlier of role in desecrating graves belonging to Ho’s parents.

24 Jul 2019 - 11:04PM

Junius Ho must be investigated, says opposition lawmaker accused earlier of role in desecrating graves belonging to Ho’s parents.

Hong Kong police must probe pro-Beijing politician Junius Ho’s alleged links to group behind Yuen Long violence, says lawmaker Eddie Chu
Hong Kong protest organiser worried about risk of further violence at coming march in Yuen Long against gang attacks

Activists plan to march in Yuen Long on Saturday to protest vicious attacks that left at least 45 people injured.

24 Jul 2019 - 5:13PM

Activists plan to march in Yuen Long on Saturday to protest vicious attacks that left at least 45 people injured.

Hong Kong protest organiser worried about risk of further violence at coming march in Yuen Long against gang attacks
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
Just over half of women in Hong Kong’s labour force are working or seeking jobs, well below rate in developed countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, report finds

A severe shortage of childcare places, hefty fees and short service hours are among the reasons the women’s labour force participation rate stands at just 50.8 per cent.

16 Jul 2019 - 10:32PM

A severe shortage of childcare places, hefty fees and short service hours are among the reasons the women’s labour force participation rate stands at just 50.8 per cent.

Just over half of women in Hong Kong’s labour force are working or seeking jobs, well below rate in developed countries such as Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Australia, report finds
Head wounds, a severed finger, police and protesters in hospital: how a peaceful rally in Hong Kong descended into bloodshed and chaos in Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza mall

Protesters and local councillors blame police who ‘blocked demonstrators from exiting shopping centre’ while officers say they were forced to act after being hit with torrent of objects hurled from above.

16 Jul 2019 - 3:15PM

Protesters and local councillors blame police who ‘blocked demonstrators from exiting shopping centre’ while officers say they were forced to act after being hit with torrent of objects hurled from above.

Head wounds, a severed finger, police and protesters in hospital: how a peaceful rally in Hong Kong descended into bloodshed and chaos in Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza mall
Pitched battles on Hong Kong streets and inside shopping malls as police move to clear extradition bill protesters after stand-off

At least seven police injured, and an unknown number of demonstrators, after riot personnel move in to clear hundreds of extradition bill protesters from streets of Sha Tin.

15 Jul 2019 - 4:29PM

At least seven police injured, and an unknown number of demonstrators, after riot personnel move in to clear hundreds of extradition bill protesters from streets of Sha Tin.

Pitched battles on Hong Kong streets and inside shopping malls as police move to clear extradition bill protesters after stand-off