Posts tagged as Hong Kong

Lithuanian MPs propose granting asylum to Hong Kong people

Friday, June 5, 2020

A group of Lithuanian lawmakers have proposed granting asylum to “Hong Kong people who might face persecution and repressions from China”. A draft resolution expressing concern over Beijing’s plans to impose a new national security law in Hong Kong has been proposed by 36 Lithuanian lawmakers from different parliamentary groups. The bill was submitted by Gabrielius Landsbergis, leader of the opposition conservative party, Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, leader of the Liberal Movement,…

A Hong Kong protester on why he won’t surrender to police

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Pale and thin, a teenager wandered the nearly deserted campus of Hong Kong Polytechnic University at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. He hugged his body with his arms, whether because of the chill in the air or gnawing worry he felt was unclear. Only a handful of protesters remain at “Poly U,” which hundreds occupied for several days, fighting pitched battles with police in the surrounding streets. Now, authorities have cut…

Hong Kong protests: foreign students start to leave as unrest shifts to universities

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dozens of foreign students have been urged to leave Hong Kong after another night of clashes left several people seriously injured. A worker for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, struck by an object thrown by protesters earlier on Wednesday, was in critical condition, according to the government. A 15-year-old believed to have been hit in the head by a tear-gas canister has reportedly suffered a skull fracture. A man…

Chaos as Hong Kong lawmakers thwart leader’s annual address

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Calling her “the mother of the mafia police,” yelling pro-democracy lawmakers twice forced Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam to stop delivering a speech laying out her policy objectives Wednesday and then clamored for her resignation in chaotic scenes that caused her to walk out of the legislature. Lam was able to deliver the annual address more than an hour later by video, but the hostile reception inside the Legislative Council…

Apple removes Hong Kong map app after Chinese criticism

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Apple removed a smartphone app that allows Hong Kong activists to report police movements from its online store Thursday after an official Chinese newspaper accused the company of facilitating illegal behavior. Apple Inc. became the latest company to come under pressure to take Beijing’s side against anti-government protesters when the Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily said Wednesday the HKmap.live app “facilitates illegal behavior.” The newspaper asked, “Is Apple guiding Hong…

‘Protecting rioters’: China warns Apple over app that tracks Hong Kong police

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

China’s state media has accused Apple of endorsing and protecting “rioters” in Hong Kong’s increasingly violent protests by listing an app on its app store that tracks the movement of police in the city. The condemnation, by the People’s Daily, a Chinese Communist party mouthpiece, appears to be China’s latest move to pressure foreign companies to toe the line after its state TV and Chinese companies cancelled collaboration with the…

Hong Kong leader bans masks in hardening stance on protests

Friday, October 4, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam banned protesters from wearing masks Friday in a hardening of the government’s stance on the territory’s most disruptive crisis since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. Lam announced the ban at an afternoon news conference where she decried a recent escalation of violence after four months of anti-government demonstrations. The mask ban, imposed under a colonial-era Emergency Ordinance, takes effect Saturday. It applies to…

China’s 70-year parade shows global ambition as HK protests

By Joe McDonald on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

China’s Communist Party marked 70 years in power with a military parade Tuesday that showcased the country’s global ambitions while police in Hong Kong fought protesters in a reminder of strains at home. Trucks carrying nuclear missiles designed to evade U.S. defenses, a supersonic attack drone and other products of a two-decade-old weapons development effort rolled through Beijing as soldiers marched past President Xi Jinping and other leaders on Tiananmen…

Tennis, musical are latest events postponed in Hong Kong

Friday, September 13, 2019

A tennis tournament and a London musical are the latest events postponed in Hong Kong out of concerns over safety and disruptions from pro-democracy protests. K-pop concerts, Chanel fashion shows and international conferences have been canceled, postponed or moved out of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory during more than three months of demonstrations. More rallies are expected this weekend. On Friday, organizers said the Hong Kong Open women’s tennis tournament scheduled…

Hong Kong leader renews appeal for dialogue with protesters

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday renewed an appeal to pro-democracy protesters to halt violence and engage in dialogue, as the city’s richest man urged the government to provide a way out for the mostly young demonstrators. The government last week promised to axe an extradition bill that sparked three months of protests but failed to placate protesters, whose demands also include democratic reforms and police accountability. Protesters vandalized…