Tag: Hong Kong

For Hong Kong’s Youth, Protests Are ‘a Matter of Life and Death’

HONG KONG — They are on the front lines of every demonstration, dressed in black T-shirts and pumping their fists as they march through Hong Kong’s sweltering streets. They organize on encrypted messaging groups and hand out helmets and goggles at rallies. When the police fired tear gas at them, they chased the smoke-emitting canisters […]

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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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Joshua Wong, Leader of Hong Kong Protests in 2014, Is Freed From Prison

Joshua Wong, a key leader of the pro-democracy sit-in that roiled Hong Kong for months in 2014, was released from prison on Monday, buoying a new protest movement reminiscent of the one that led to his incarceration. Mr. Wong, 22, served a month of his two-month prison sentence, his second such term on charges related […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Return to the Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology

HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory. Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and followed that up […]

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Protesters Return to Hong Kong’s Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology

HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory. Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and followed that up […]

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Hong Kong’s Retreat Chips Away at Xi Jinping’s Iron Image

BEIJING — China’s leader, Xi Jinping, was in Tajikistan on Saturday, celebrating his 66th birthday with the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin, when the political crisis in Hong Kong took a dramatic turn with an unexpected retreat in the face of mass protests. Mr. Xi’s trip fortuitously gave him some distance from the events in […]

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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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The Murder Case That Lit the Fuse in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Before the mass street protests, the tear gas and the clashes with the police, before the government went all out for legislation that could threaten Hong Kong’s special status in China, and then abruptly backed down, a pregnant young woman went on a romantic getaway to Taiwan. Poon Hiu-wing, 20, never returned […]

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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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After Protests, Hong Kong’s Leader Faces More Calls to Delay Bill

HONG KONG — Fractures in the Hong Kong government widened Friday over an unpopular bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China, which has led to an uproar in the territory and the most violent street protests in years. Hong Kong’s Beijing-appointed chief executive, Carrie Lam, has stridently defended the bill and denounced the protesters. […]

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Hong Kong Protests Raise Stakes for Xi’s Hard-Line Agenda

HONG KONG — Since he took power seven years ago, President Xi Jinping has faced mass protests in the streets of Hong Kong, a trade war that has sapped China’s strength, and a growing din of foreign condemnation over his government’s human rights record. Yet again and again, instead of moving toward compromise or change, […]

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Chinese Cyberattack Hits Telegram, App Used by Hong Kong Protesters

SHANGHAI — As protesters in Hong Kong retreated from police lines in the heart of the city’s business district, a new assault quietly began. It was not aimed at the protesters. It was aimed at their phones. A network of computers in China bombarded Telegram, a secure messaging app used by many of the protesters, […]

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Hong Kong and the Future of Freedom

Imagine if in 2018 the Trump administration had proposed legislation that would allow the government, on nearly any pretext, to detain, try and imprison Americans accused of wrongdoing at secretive black sites scattered across the country. Imagine, further, that 43 million Americans had risen in protest, only to be met by tear gas and rubber […]

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Hong Kong Protests Live Updates: Legislature Postpones Extradition Debate Again

Here’s what you need to know: ImagePolice officers near the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong on Thursday.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times Legislature holds off debate as protesters regroup. The president of the Legislative Council said Thursday that the lawmaking body would delay meeting by at least another day after Hong Kong […]

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In Battle for Hong Kong, the Field Has Tilted Toward Beijing

HONG KONG — An attempt by Beijing’s hand-selected chief executive in Hong Kong to push through a bill seen as a threat to civil liberties. A defiant crowd of hundreds of thousands marching against it. The deployment of the police to keep demonstrators out of the legislature. It has been a tumultuous few days for […]

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In the Battle for Hong Kong, Field Has Tilted Toward Beijing

HONG KONG — An attempt by Beijing’s hand-selected chief executive in Hong Kong to push through a bill seen as a threat to civil liberties. A defiant crowd of hundreds of thousands marching against it. The deployment of the police to keep demonstrators out of the legislature. It has been a tumultuous few days for […]

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Hong Kong Police Fire Tear Gas and Rubber Bullets at Extradition Protesters

HONG KONG — Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets in downtown Hong Kong on Wednesday as they repelled tens of thousands of protesters who had swarmed the city’s legislature in anger over proposed legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China. The street confrontation began on Wednesday afternoon when a small number of […]

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