Mong Kok riot

Mong Kok, one of Hong Kong's busiest districts, went into virtual lockdown in February 2016 hours after the Lunar New Year began. Unrest escalated as crowds gathered in the district to protest a crackdown on illegal street food hawkers. A night of violence saw police fire two warning shots as protesters launched bricks and set fires.

The police fire tear gas at protesters in Admiralty after Occupy Central was officially launched in September 2014. Photo: Sam Tsang

Has excessive punishment made Hong Kong lose its will to protest?

From the 1966 riots to the 2014 ‘umbrella movement’, Hongkongers have hit the streets to air their grievances. But after authorities recently handed down harsh prison sentences and banned some protesters from politics, it seems the city no longer has the heart to demonstrate