Tag: Extradition

To Understand Hong Kong, Don’t Think About Tiananmen

HONG KONG — As Hong Kong’s sleepless summer of political strife wears on, not a day, nay, an hour, seems to go by without someone evoking the 1989 crackdown against another group of pro-democracy protesters in Beijing. On breathless postings on Twitter, people share pictures of military exercises by Chinese troops just across the border […]

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Hong Kong Strikes, and Strikes a Nerve in Beijing

ImageA protester blocking a train door during a general strike in Hong Kong on Monday.CreditAnthony Wallace/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images HONG KONG — Anyone who thought that the antigovernment demonstrations rocking Hong Kong this summer were just the doing of radicalized youngsters should think again. On Monday, the first general strike in the city in […]

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China Backs Hong Kong Officials, but Leaves Protests for Them to Solve

BEIJING — The Chinese government on Monday laid down its firm support of Hong Kong’s embattled leader and police force but failed to offer any clear solutions after two months of rolling protests that have flared into violence and stoked opposition to Chinese rule. Chinese officials made a strongly worded defense of the local Hong […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Try to Keep Momentum With Weekend Protests

HONG KONG — Protesters marched in the streets of Hong Kong again on Sunday, the latest effort to spread their movement across the semiautonomous Chinese territory and the first major test of public sentiment since the city’s embattled leader announced that an unpopular bill was “dead” but stopped short of withdrawing it. The demonstration in […]

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‘Give Us a Chance,’ Hong Kong’s Leader Appeals to the Public, Saying Extradition Bill is Dead

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s embattled leader urged the public on Tuesday to give her administration a chance to repair the damage caused by an unpopular extradition bill as she sought to assuage public anger that has driven several huge protests and the storming of the city’s legislature in the past month. Carrie Lam, the […]

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Hong Kong Is a Work in Progress

HONG KONG — July 1, the anniversary of the day that Hong Kong was reunified with mainland China in 1997, ought to be an occasion for celebration. It marks the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the “one country, two systems” — the first such region in China. Yet on Monday, the […]

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A Movement, and a Country, Torn by Protests

When hundreds of thousands marched through the broiling streets of Hong Kong in recent weeks, they posed a serious challenge for the Chinese government. But when some of them stormed the Legislative Council and ransacked the chamber on Monday, they put their movement’s fragile gains at risk. What first set off the latest wave of […]

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China Vowed to Safeguard Hong Kong’s Freedoms. Some See a Wolf at the Door.

July 1997: Handover.CreditTorsten Blackwood/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images June 2019: Protest.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times Promises are the currency of power. In this series, The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see how well they have been kept. HONG KONG — When Britain returned Hong Kong […]

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Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Resisting China With Anarchy and Principle

ImageProtesters surrounded police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21.CreditPaula Bronstein/Getty Images HONG KONG — The protests that have roiled Hong Kong for weeks, combining vast marches with small guerrilla operations of civil disobedience, are not the radical development that some say. They are a natural extension of protests past — an upgrade of the […]

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Why Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Turning to G-20 Leaders for Help

Protesters in Hong Kong have flooded the streets and the grounds of government offices in rallies over the past three weeks against an unpopular bill that has thrown the territory into a political crisis. On Wednesday, they directed their appeals to a new audience: the world. Hundreds of protesters, dressed in black and white T-shirts, […]

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Hundreds Gather Around Hong Kong’s Legislature to Keep Pressure on City’s Leader

HONG KONG — Hundreds of protesters held a sit-in outside Hong Kong’s legislature and government offices on Friday, adding new pressure on the city’s leader to withdraw an unpopular bill that has triggered several large demonstrations and thrown the territory into a political crisis. Uniformly wearing black, the demonstrators, mostly teenagers and people in their […]

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As Hong Kong Erupted Over Extradition Bill, City’s Tycoons Waited and Worried

HONG KONG — Weeks before this semiautonomous city erupted in political chaos over a contentious extradition bill, more than 200 of its most powerful business leaders were summoned to the Chinese government’s headquarters here. The message from Beijing: If you have worries about the bill, keep them to yourself. And they did — until hundreds […]

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With Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests

HONG KONG — Armed with a Bible, a guitar and a drawing of Jesus walking on water, Andrea Wong sat outside the offices of Hong Kong’s central government and booed. Ms. Wong, 18, usually stays out of politics. But in recent weeks, as Hong Kong was swept by mass protests against closer ties with mainland […]

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Hong Kong Official Defends Police’s Use of Force Against Protesters

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s top security official on Wednesday defended the police’s hotly criticized use of tear gas and pepper spray against protesters last week, saying that officers had been in a “life-threatening situation.” The protest on June 12 was one of three major demonstrations in recent days against a bill that would allow […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Publicly Apologizes for Extradition Bill

HONG KONG — Backpedaling under mounting public pressure, Hong Kong’s top leader publicly apologized on Tuesday for having proposed contentious legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China. “I would like to tender my sincere apologies to the citizens of Hong Kong,” Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, said at a news conference […]

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Why Hong Kong Is Still Protesting

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands remain in the streets, even after city officials said they would suspend the contentious extradition bill that prompted the demonstrations in the first place. We look at why the protesters […]

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Hong Kong Protest Live Updates: City Braces for More Demonstrations

Here’s what you need to know: ImageProtesters paid their respects near where a man jumped from a building on Saturday.  CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters Hong Kong prepares for another large protest on Sunday. Protesters plan to march again on Sunday against an unpopular extradition bill, one day after Hong Kong’s chief executive said she would postpone a vote […]

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How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi

HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, has a very loyal majority in the territory’s legislature. She has the complete backing of the Chinese government. She has a huge bureaucracy ready to push her agenda. Yet on Saturday, she was forced to suspend indefinitely her monthslong effort to win passage of […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Is Set to Delay Extradition Bill Indefinitely

HONG KONG — On the defensive after days of huge street protests, Hong Kong’s chief executive is preparing to indefinitely suspend her push to adopt a contentious extradition bill after consulting with her superiors in mainland China, people familiar with the discussions said. Delaying the bill would be a remarkable reversal for the pro-Beijing chief […]

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Carrie Lam: A ‘Good Fighter’ in the Crisis Over the Hong Kong Extradition Bill

HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the embattled chief executive of Hong Kong, is a workaholic who sleeps three to five hours a night. She assiduously reads letters from constituents. Within the Hong Kong civil service, she is labeled a “houdadak,” or “good fighter,” because she practically never backs down in a bureaucratic battle. The question […]

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