The annual July 1 march in Hong Kong marks the handover of the British colony to Beijing that took place in 1997. The peaceful demonstration has become a rallying point for the city's pro-democracy activists. It captured the public's attention in 2003, when half a million people marched, angered by proposed national security legislation under Article 23 of the Basic Law.
If Hong Kong is to survive this ordeal, the protesters must avoid provocative acts that make crackdowns more likely. The SAR government is most responsible for the escalation, though, through its misguided bill and recent inaction.
Hongkongers have the right to protest, but laws have to be followed and violence can never be justified
When the front was founded back in 2002, its members assumed it would just be temporary, but since then it has become one of the city’s most important outlets for public dissent.
Civil Human Rights Front, which was founded in 2002, expected to announce its decision to fold on Friday.
Judges are set to pass the first sentence under Hong Kong’s national security law – on Leon Tong, convicted this week of terrorism, inciting secession.
Ruling on popular protest slogan has broad implications for future trials, analysts say, amid debate on possibility of terrorism charge.
Americans were worried Beijing might react ‘disproportionately’ to big protest on day of Hong Kong’s return to China.
Officers enter building on Friday afternoon as part of investigation into motion that ‘appreciated the sacrifice’ of the man who stabbed a policeman before killing himself.
Officers stationed at scene of July 1 crime searched 26-year-old woman who turned up with flowers, and arrested her after finding box cutter in her bag.
Acting chief executive John Lee tells officials and dignitaries gathered for 1997 handover anniversary that ‘one country, two system’ is foundation of city’s success.
The force cited the coronavirus pandemic in declining to grant permission for the march, which would have coincided with the anniversaries of both the city’s handover to China and the founding of the Communist Party.
Basic Law provision requiring Hong Kong to bring in laws protecting Beijing from subversive, treacherous acts is back on the political agenda.
Lam and dozens of senior political, business figures expected to head to Beijing on Monday for the Communist Party’s 100th anniversary.
The front has been responsible for some of Hong Kong’s largest protests, but its convenor was jailed for 18 months in May, and police are currently investigating the group’s legality.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology says it never approved the paying of students to join a 2017 annual march.
Leung Kwok-hung, Tsang Kin-shing, and Figo Chan were among eight persons who faced 17 charges that stemmed from a procession on July 1.
Eddie Chu, Wu Chi-wai and ‘Long Hair’ Leung Kwok-hung among opposition activists detained in early morning operation linked to annual protest march on July 1.
Officers say they seized the dangerous materials when searching the workplace of one of the suspects. Two men arrested in relation to an explosion at rubbish bin in Wan Chai after July 1 protests this year.
Tong Ying-kit faces secession and terrorism charges in relation to incident on July 1. He is accused of riding a motorcycle into group of police officers while carrying flag calling for liberation of city.
Wong Kwan-wa, 24, appears at Eastern Court to face one count of wounding with intent.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam says government will lead economic recovery and rebuild relationship with young people during speech at ceremony to mark 23rd anniversary of return to Chinese rule.
As Beijing’s new national security law is passed, activists make plans for civil disobedience.
Officers cite public health concerns and violence in previous demonstrations to ban the proposed gathering.
Civil Human Rights Front convenor Jimmy Sham describes ‘lacklustre’ meeting with police, and says force is using coronavirus pandemic as excuse to stop rally, which last year attracted hundreds of thousands of people.
Since 2003, Beijing has sought to increase control over the city. The difference between how ‘one country, two systems’ has been implemented in Hong Kong and Macau indicates how Beijing’s desire to win back Taiwan may not work in Hong Kong’s favour.
Police express fears over threat to public safety as independent appeal board backs move to end latest march at Southorn Playground in Wan Chai.