Tag: Hong Kong Protests (2019)

In Hong Kong, Petrol Bombs, Masks and … Goodbye Letters.

“When you find this letter, I might have already been arrested or killed.” This is how a 22-year-old protester in Hong Kong began what he worries could be the last letter to his family. He used the pseudonym “Nobody”; like most of the young people who have been confronting the police on the front lines, […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Plan to March Despite Attacks and Police Ban

Video As violence escalates between demonstrators and the police in Hong Kong, protesters have started writing “last letters” to their loved ones, in case they don’t return. These notes chronicle the mental and emotional state of frontliners coming to terms with risking death for their beliefs.CreditCreditOrlando de Guzman/The New York Times HONG KONG — Protesters […]

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Chinese State Television Vows ‘Retribution’ Against N.B.A.’s Adam Silver

China Central Television, the state-run Chinese television network, said the N.B.A. Commissioner Adam Silver would face “retribution” for saying that the Chinese government asked him to fire a league executive who supported the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong this month. The public threat was broadcast Saturday evening in a commentary, in which CCTV also said […]

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The Chinese Threat to American Speech

China’s assertive campaign to police discourse about its policies, even outside of its borders, and the acquiescence of American companies eager to make money in China, pose a dangerous and growing threat to one of this nation’s core values: the freedom of expression. The Communist state is becoming more and more aggressive in pressuring foreign […]

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N.B.A. Commissioner: China Asked Us to Fire Daryl Morey

Want more basketball in your inbox? Sign up for Marc Stein’s weekly N.B.A. newsletter here. The Chinese government asked the N.B.A. to fire a team executive who posted on social media in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, said on Thursday in his first public appearance in the United […]

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Why the Protests in Hong Kong May Have No End in Sight

HONG KONG — Resolving the increasingly violent protests in Hong Kong will most likely fall to an influential group of Beijing’s local allies. The trouble: They don’t agree on much. The fissures raise the likelihood that unrest in Hong Kong could fester for months or even years. That could further hurt the city’s economy, create […]

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Hong Kong Leader’s Annual Speech Is Disrupted by Jeering Lawmakers

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy lawmakers drove Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, from the legislative chamber on Wednesday as she prepared to make a speech outlining policy ideas for dealing with Hong Kong’s roiling crisis. As Mrs. Lam entered the chamber to deliver her annual policy address, lawmakers repeatedly jeered and shouted at her as […]

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LeBron James Faces Backlash Unseen Since ‘The Decision’

It has been almost a decade since the last time LeBron James faced widespread backlash. Fans in Cleveland burned his jersey. They threw rocks at a billboard with his face on it. James was maligned as a narcissist by Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, in a letter that was widely mocked. And […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Are Targeting Starbucks. Apple Could Be Next.

HONG KONG — One company is the world’s largest coffee chain. Another runs a Japanese restaurant empire. A third makes some of the most popular online games on the planet. The global businesses — Starbucks, Yoshinoya and Activision Blizzard — would seem far removed from the political discontent in Hong Kong. But to some of […]

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What’s Happening With the Hong Kong Protests?

At first, the hundreds of thousands of peaceful Hong Kong demonstrators who took to the streets this June were focused on contentious, local legislation that would have allowed extraditions to the Chinese mainland. But as the list of demands grew in the semiautonomous territory, and as clashes between the police and the protesters increased, the […]

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LeBron James Says Executive Was ‘Misinformed’ in China Tweet

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James on Monday night sharply criticized Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rockets, for his recent tweet in support of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protesters. The tweet set off a furor for the N.B.A. last week while James and the Los Angeles Lakers were in China. “I believe he wasn’t […]

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Homemade Bomb Detonated for First Time in Hong Kong Protests

ImageParts of a homemade bomb that targeted police officers in Hong Kong on Sunday.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times HONG KONG — A homemade bomb was detonated in Hong Kong on Sunday amid violent protests, the police said on Monday, indicating an escalation in the street-level arms race between police officers and the […]

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With No End to Unrest in Sight, Hong Kong’s Economic Pain Deepens

HONG KONG — It was the second day of Golden Week, usually one of Hong Kong’s busiest shopping periods, and Matthew Tam and his co-workers at a jewelry store were looking as lonely as a band of Maytag repairmen, surrounded by display cases of luxury watches with nary a customer in sight. Sales at the […]

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Police Officer is Stabbed in Hong Kong During Flash-Mob Protests

A police officer was stabbed in Hong Kong on Sunday, police officials said, in what appeared to be an escalation of the street violence that has gripped the city for months, as flash-mob gatherings unfolded across town. The gatherings, in more than half of the semiautonomous Chinese territory’s 18 districts, were the first significant unrest […]

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China’s Political Correctness: One Country, No Arguments

Hong Kong’s protests have disrupted Yang Yang’s family life. Though the 29-year-old lives in mainland China, he was inspired by the demonstrations to write a song about freedom and upload it to the internet. When censors deleted it, he complained to his family. They weren’t sympathetic. “How can you support Hong Kong separatists?” they asked. […]

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N.B.A.-China Spat Shows Sports Isn’t (and Shouldn’t Be) Just About Games

The myth of sports sticking to sports died this week, from self-inflicted wounds and a global outbreak of compromised values. In the end, it never had a chance — even though some fans have trouble letting go of the idea. Memorial services were held at an N.B.A. news conference where a reporter asked a timely […]

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Why China Went to War With the N.B.A.

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A seven-word tweet in support of Hong Kong’s antigovernment protests by Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets, triggered a furor in both China and the United States. The ensuing controversy revealed the unspoken rules […]

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China Blows Whistle on Nationalistic Protests Against the N.B.A.

BEIJING — After three days of fanning nationalistic outrage, the Chinese government abruptly moved on Thursday to tamp down public anger at the N.B.A. as concerns spread in Beijing that the rhetoric was damaging China’s interests and image around the world. For days, China’s state-run news outlets and tightly controlled social media platforms had been […]

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China’s N.B.A. Fans Feel the Tug of Loyalty — Toward Beijing

SHANGHAI — The Los Angeles Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets tipped off on Thursday night in Shanghai in, undoubtedly, the most geopolitically important exhibition game in N.B.A. history. Yezi Zhang, a college student, was there, too, and her emotions were decidedly mixed. Ms. Zhang, a 24-year-old from the city of Hangzhou, was among a few […]

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Apple Removes App That Tracked Hong Kong Police

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple removed an app on Wednesday that enabled protesters in Hong Kong to track police, a day after facing intense criticism from Chinese state media for it, plunging the technology giant deeper into the increasingly politicized atmosphere in China. Apple said it was removing the app, called HKmap.live, from its iPhone App […]

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