Hong Kong Removes ‘Pillar of Shame’ Statue Amid Crackdown

The decision to take down the “Pillar of Shame,” an enduring symbol of the territory’s pro-democracy movement, was another sign of Beijing’s crackdown.

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Hong Kong’s Pillar of Shame Is More Than a Statue

Shrinking the public space that preserves the memory of the 1989 Beijing uprising has effectively turned Hong Kong into another silent mainland city.

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With New Conviction, Hong Kong Uses Security Law to Clamp Down on Speech

An activist, Ma Chun-man, was convicted of inciting secession after, he said, he chanted slogans to test the limits of the law.

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How Hong Kong Censors Films to Protect National Security

The Asian film capital has cracked down on documentaries and independent productions that it fears could glamorize the pro-democracy movement.

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Hong Kong Forces Tiananmen Square Group to Delete Facebook Page

The deletions were the most high-profile instance of internet censorship under the national security law.

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Latest Threat to Hong Kong’s National Security: Chocolates in Prison

Officials have suggested that imprisoned pro-democracy activists are using sweets and other items to “solicit followers” behind bars.

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In Hong Kong, Jimmy Lai’s Next Digital Says It Has Been Forced to Close

Next Digital, which has published criticism of China for decades, said a crackdown had left it with no way to operate. Its main newspaper, Apple Daily, closed in June.

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Is Taiwan Next?

In Taipei, young people like Nancy Tao Chen Ying watched as the Hong Kong protests were brutally extinguished. Now they wonder what’s in their future.

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Men Who Beat Hong Kong Protesters in Mob Attack Are Sentenced to Prison

In his ruling, a judge in Hong Kong said that the seven defendants had “viciously” attacked innocent people in a train station in July 2019.

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Students Arrested in Hong Kong Bomb Plot, Days After Police Stabbing

Six teenagers were among those arrested in connection with a bomb plot. Some democracy activists say Beijing’s crackdown is fueling radical ideas.

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Pictures From a Revolution: China’s Communists Mark a Centennial

The improbable rise of a superpower that was born in the rubble of dynasty and fears it may yet meet the same fate.

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Hong Kong Philosopher Taught Life’s Meaning. Now He Visits Students in Jail.

Chow Po Chung pushed his students to participate in public affairs — idealism that he worries could cost them their freedom.

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Hong Kong’s Security Law: One Year Later, a City Remade

Neighbors are urged to report on one another. Children are taught to look for traitors. Officials are pressed to pledge their loyalty.

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Behind China’s Takeover of Hong Kong

One year ago, the city’s freedoms were curtailed with breathtaking speed. But the clampdown was years in the making, and many signals were missed.

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Hong Kong Readers Scramble to Preserve Apple Daily’s Legacy

Apple Daily, a pro-democracy news outlet, is the biggest casualty yet in Beijing’s campaign against Hong Kong’s once freewheeling news media. Its million-copy final edition sold fast.

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How Press Freedom Is Being Eroded in Hong Kong

The forced closure of the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper is the latest worrisome sign for journalists in the Chinese territory.

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Hong Kong Protester Faces City’s First Security Law Trial

Tong Ying-kit, who hit officers while riding a motorcycle with a protest flag, is accused of terrorism and inciting secession. He could be sentenced to life in prison.

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In the New Hong Kong, Booksellers Walk a Fine Line

Some independent shops flout the new limits on free expression. Others try to come to terms with them. For readers, they offer a sense of connection in a changed city.

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Hong Kong, Newly Constrained, Tries to Remember Tiananmen Massacre

Officials have banned the annual June 4 vigil, as a new security law looms over commemorations of the 1989 crackdown. Hong Kongers wonder how long the memory will remain.

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Jimmy Lai and Other Hong Kong Activists Are Sentenced Over Oct. 1 Protest

Many of the city’s democracy activists face jail terms amid a broad campaign to subdue opposition.

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Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Activists Face Jail and Cynicism

Hundreds of protesters, many students or college-educated, face potentially stiff sentences after Beijing’s crackdown. Those behind bars already battle isolation and disillusionment.

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Hong Kong Protests, Silenced on the Streets, Surface in Artworks

Even as the authorities restrict speech in the Chinese territory, local artists are subtly rendering the 2019 pro-democracy demonstrations in paintings, installations and other media.

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Hong Kong Pushes ‘Fake News’ Label as Media Face ‘Worst of Times’

The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.

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Guilty Verdict for Hong Kong Journalist as Media Faces ‘Frontal Assault’

As China stifles dissent in the city, news outlets have found themselves in the authorities’ cross hairs.

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Hong Kong Sentences Jimmy Lai, Other Pro-Democracy Figures, to Prison

The punishments over an unauthorized peaceful protest point to what critics say is the shrinking space for dissent in Hong Kong.

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Key Chains and Teddy Bears in Riot Gear: Hong Kong Promotes National Security

The government organized a day of citywide activities, from schools to the police academy, to encourage residents to support a recent national security law.

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Election Overhaul Plan Threatens to Sideline Hong Kong’s Opposition

The proposal, initiated by the Chinese central government, is intended to make it difficult for democracy advocates to hold office and would criminalize organized protest votes.

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Hong Kong Convicts Martin Lee and Other Democracy Leaders Over Protest

The defendants, including the media tycoon Jimmy Lai and the barristers Martin Lee and Margaret Ng, are some of the city’s most prominent activists.

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China’s Overhaul of Hong Kong Elections Gives Security Bodies a Key Role

New rules give the bodies power to investigate all potential candidates, meaning opposition politicians face steep odds of even being allowed to run.

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‘Insult to the Country’: Hong Kong Targets Art Deemed Critical of China

Pro-Beijing lawmakers have called for work by the dissident artist Ai Weiwei to be removed from a new museum, and accused local arts groups of undermining national security.

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Hong Kong, Its Elections Upended, Reconsiders Its Dream of Democracy

The promise of universal suffrage has animated the city’s politics for decades. Beijing’s latest moves could finally extinguish that hope.

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U.S. Punishes 24 Chinese Officials on Eve of First Talks Under Biden

Setting a confrontational tone ahead of meetings in Alaska, the United States punished Chinese officials involved in eroding democracy in Hong Kong.

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How China Plans to Control Hong Kong’s Elections and Elevate ‘Patriots’

New rules imposed by Beijing will make it nearly impossible for democracy advocates in the territory to run for chief executive or the legislature.

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Demanding Loyalty, China Moves to Overhaul Hong Kong Elections

China’s national legislature disclosed plans for a law that would make it extremely difficult for Beijing’s critics to hold elective office in Hong Kong.

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Hundreds in Rare Hong Kong Protest as Opposition Figures Are Charged

A Chinese official has called for severe punishment of opposition figures facing charges under a new national security law.

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Hong Kong Charges 47 Democracy Supporters With Violating Security Law

Before Sunday, only a handful of people had been formally charged with breaking the law China imposed last year, which is punishable by life in prison.

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To Build Loyalty to China, Hong Kong Rewrites History

Through new lesson plans and expensive publishing projects, the government hopes to teach future generations a curated lesson about Hong Kong’s past.

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Hong Kong Cartoon Aims to Teach Children About National Security

The government unveiled an animated video about the national security law as part of a broader curriculum overhaul for schools.

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How Hong Kong’s Lowliest Politicians Became Its Champions of Freedom

District councilors typically tended to mundane matters like pest control and new bus stops. Now, they’re the last line of defense in keeping the city’s pro-democracy opposition alive.

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In Hong Kong, a New Party Calls for Stability (and Raises Suspicions)

Democracy advocates have called the Bauhinia Party a “Trojan horse” for the Chinese government. But Beijing’s local allies are wary of it, too.

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Hong Kong Protesters to Seek Asylum in U.S.

The five men fled by boat to Taiwan in July, soon after China imposed Hong Kong’s harsh national security law. This week, they landed in New York.

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Hong Kong Website Doxxing Police Gets Blocked, Raising Censorship Fears

Users of major mobile carriers can no longer access a service that detailed the personal information of police officers, a possible sign that the city is turning to tactics used in mainland China.

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Hong Kong Protesters Given Prison Terms for Beating Reporter at Airport

The sentences, stemming from an attack on a journalist for China’s state news media, were the heaviest yet in connection with the 2019 protests, a lawyer said.

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China Exerts a Heavier Hand in Hong Kong With Mass Arrests

The central Chinese government, which once wielded its power over Hong Kong with a degree of discretion, has signaled its determination to openly impose its will on the city.

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China Moves to Punish Lawyers Hired to Help Hong Kong Activists

Lu Siwei and Ren Quanniu were barred from aiding a group of pro-democracy protesters who were arrested at sea, but could still lose their licenses.

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Hong Kong Protesters Who Fled by Boat Are Sentenced to Prison in China

The pro-democracy activists, who hoped to reach Taiwan, were caught by the Chinese Coast Guard and tried in the mainland’s opaque criminal justice system.

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Why Hong Kong Activist, Nathan Law, Seeks Political Asylum in Britain

The prominent dissident fled to London shortly before a security law was imposed in Hong Kong. Affording him asylum would likely incense China.

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China Charges Hong Kong Activists Caught Fleeing to Taiwan

The group has been denied access to lawyers hired by their families, raising fears in Hong Kong.

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong Crackdown

Fourteen senior Chinese officials face travel bans and financial sanctions. In Hong Kong, the police stepped up arrests of pro-democracy politicians and activists.

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Mr. Biden, Keep the Pressure on Hong Kong

We are democracy activists. We call on Washington to forge a new China policy that prioritizes human rights over other interests.

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