Hong Kong Polytechnic University siege officially ends, ready to reopen in new year

By Helene Fung On Friday, the Hong Kong Police officially ended the lockdown around Polytechnic University. It was a low key affair without any formal announcement. Police guarding the campus gradually walked off after around 11:30 am, and people, including many university officials, were soon allowed to enter. The university campus became a battleground earlier…

ANALYSIS: Not the end, but the beginning. Where to now for Hong Kong?

Analysis By: Political Expert Dr Ian Cook Reports suggested that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, and the Chinese government were hoping that a “silent majority” would rise up and sweep pro-Beijing candidates to victory in the weekend’s district council elections. Let’s hope they weren’t that stupid. Months of protestors has forced voters’ to…

Landslide Victory For Pro-Democracy Parties In Hong Kong’s District Council Elections.

Picture Courtesy: TMHK/Frances Hui Hong Kong citizens have rejected the Pro-Beijing Parties at the ballot box yesterday, with Pro-Democracy won with a landslide victory at a scale never seen before. The election was held peacefully yesterday despite the city was overshadowed by months of demonstration, due to the embattled Carrie Lam Government’s relentless push for…

Hong Kong district council election to go ahead on Sunday

By Helene Fung The Hong Kong government has previously announced it was considered cancelling the district council election planned for Sunday, citing safety concerns due to recent unrests. However, plans appear to be going ahead, relocation of some polling places notwithstanding.  Hong Kong Police Commissioner Chris Tang announced on Friday that they plan to deploy…

US Senate may pass Hong Kong sanctions bill by Monday

By Helene Fung US Senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the Senate initiated an expedited process to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act unless there is an objection, which means the bill may pass as early as Monday. The bill he bill calls for sanctions to be made against individuals deemed to have…

Australia calls for Hong Kong Police Independent Oversight

By Sarah Smit Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has issued a statement calling for independent oversight of Hong Kong’s police force, saying that Australia is “deeply concerned” by violence between police and citizens. The statement comes only days after the shooting of a pro-democracy protestor at point-blank range by police on Monday and urges that…

Multiple flash mobs mourn first official Hong Kong protest death

By Helene Fung A 22 year old Hong Kong University of Science and Technology computer science student, Tsz-lok Chow, became the first official casualty whose death maybe directly linked to confrontation between protesters and the local police. Mr Chow was seriously injured from falling from a car park’s third floor onto the second floor last…

Hong Kong people in Australia call on federal government to maintain Hong Kong connection

Hong Kong people living in Australia have called for recognition of their concerns following recent riots and protests, as they acknowledged the impact to fellow people affected in the region. People from Hong Kong gathered in Canberra to acknowledge those involved in disputes while also calling on government to maintain Hong Kong’s relationship with Australia.…

Hong Kong bans protesters from wearing masks but protests continue

By Helene Fung On Friday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam used a legal provision, Emergency Regulations Ordinances, to grant herself the ability to bypass the legislature and make any law during a time of emergency or public danger, and enacted a law banning protesters from wearing masks, effective from midnight. Many protesters have been…