Hong Kong

In pictures: Hong Kong police clear last activist camp

Two and a half months after its start, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong came to an end on Thursday when authorities dismantled the protestor’s main camp site, located near the government’s headquarters. Protesters and witnesses took pictures and shared them widely across social media. Read more...


Hong Kong becomes a canvas for protest art

The Hong Kong protests may have quietened down over the past few days, but protesters have left behind an array of street art. From homemade pro-democracy banners, to the widespread use of umbrellas as symbols of solidarity, protest art is everywhere.

Hong Kongers put the “civil” in civil disobedience

Since the weekend, tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have protested in the streets in a remarkably calm fashion. Despite being tear-gassed by the police, the vast majority of demonstrators have been relaying messages of peace and carefully cleaning up after themselves. Here's a closer look at how they've managed to keep this atmosphere of civility intact. Read more...

Seven things Hong Kongers fear they could lose to China

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters are currently occupying central Hong Kong, and refusing to leave. Despite deploying tear gas and making dozens of arrests over the weekend, police have not been able to dislodge the demonstrators, who want to be able to vote free of Beijing’s interference. Our Observers explain that they are afraid of losing many of the freedoms they enjoy in Hong Kong if the Chinese authorities gain more influence in the city’s affairs. Read more...

A shady trade in Hong Kong: shark fins drying on a rooftop

In December 2010, a YouTube video showing a Hong Kong pavement littered with drying shark fins caused a public outcry. The island’s traders have since moved their activities high up onto Hong Kong’s rooftops to avoid more bad publicity. But they couldn’t keep away from the cameras forever. A local resident recently blew the whistle on the legal, but highly criticised, practice. Read more…

In Hong Kong, support the authorities and pocket €25

Tens of thousands protested in Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand the resignation of Leung Chun-ying, chief of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, which is an institution backed by Beijing. The very same day, thousands took to Hong Kong’s densely packed streets in a counter demonstration supporting the territory’s highest official. They ended the day 250HKD (€25) richer.

Plans for an artificial beach in Hong Kong attracts locals’ fury

Three hundred animal and plant species could vanish from Hong Kong’s Lung Mei shoreline due to an artificial beach project. At least, that’s what residents from the district in which the beach would be located claim. Tai Po district has seen an increasing number of protests from environmentalists as the construction's start date looms. Read more...

Protests against 'brainwashing' course continue in Hong Kong

It would be fair to say that the school year in Hong Kong has gotten off to a rocky start. Outraged over the city’s plan to require schools to introduce a controversial national history course, thousands of students, parents and teachers have taken to the streets outside Hong Kong's education headquarters, criticising the new plan as “brainwashing”. Read more…

Chasing dissidents as far as Hong Kong

Some 21 activists from Hong Kong gathered at the frontier with mainland China on Sunday to show their support for jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo. As soon as the group got close to the border, mainland police took the chance to reach over and arrest them... despite them being geographically beyond the officers' jurisdiction. Read more and see the video...