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.
Many of the city’s democracy activists face jail terms amid a broad campaign to subdue opposition.
Hundreds of protesters, many students or college-educated, face potentially stiff sentences after Beijing’s crackdown. Those behind bars already battle isolation and disillusionment.
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.
The police distributed a magazine denouncing “rumors and lies,” and have warned news outlets against undermining national security.
As China stifles dissent in the city, news outlets have found themselves in the authorities’ cross hairs.
The punishments over an unauthorized peaceful protest point to what critics say is the shrinking space for dissent in Hong Kong.
The government organized a day of citywide activities, from schools to the police academy, to encourage residents to support a recent national security law.
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.
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.
New rules give the bodies power to investigate all potential candidates, meaning opposition politicians face steep odds of even being allowed to run.
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.
The promise of universal suffrage has animated the city’s politics for decades. Beijing’s latest moves could finally extinguish that hope.
Setting a confrontational tone ahead of meetings in Alaska, the United States punished Chinese officials involved in eroding democracy in Hong Kong.
New rules imposed by Beijing will make it nearly impossible for democracy advocates in the territory to run for chief executive or the legislature.
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.
A Chinese official has called for severe punishment of opposition figures facing charges under a new national 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.
Through new lesson plans and expensive publishing projects, the government hopes to teach future generations a curated lesson about Hong Kong’s past.
The government unveiled an animated video about the national security law as part of a broader curriculum overhaul for schools.
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.
Democracy advocates have called the Bauhinia Party a “Trojan horse” for the Chinese government. But Beijing’s local allies are wary of it, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The prominent dissident fled to London shortly before a security law was imposed in Hong Kong. Affording him asylum would likely incense China.
The group has been denied access to lawyers hired by their families, raising fears in Hong Kong.
Fourteen senior Chinese officials face travel bans and financial sanctions. In Hong Kong, the police stepped up arrests of pro-democracy politicians and activists.
We are democracy activists. We call on Washington to forge a new China policy that prioritizes human rights over other interests.
The activists, along with Ivan Lam, had pleaded guilty to illegal assembly in connection with a 2019 demonstration outside Police Headquarters.
The judiciary is crucial to the city’s status as a global hub for trade and finance. But the Chinese Communist Party has been gaining more authority over it.
The democracy movement may be quiet. But it is alive and it will survive.
He and two fellow activists, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam, were immediately jailed on charges of unauthorized assembly. They will be sentenced next week.
Establishment lawmakers were already discussing which policies they could fast-track, while the pro-democracy camp pondered its next move.
A look at key moments in the showdown between pro-democratic forces and the Beijing-backed authorities who have clamped down on Hong Kong’s freedoms.
Alexandra Wong, 64, better known as “Grandma Wong,” said she had been detained by the Chinese authorities and made to pledge she would stop protesting.
Campuses have long been hubs of protest in the city. Now, the authorities have promised to root out teachers who bring politics to the classroom.
Bao Choy, a producer for the public broadcaster RTHK, reported on the police’s slow response to a mob assault last year.
China calls them “violent criminals.” Asylum seekers from Hong Kong are the latest catalyst for deteriorating relations between Beijing and Western countries.
The growing power and profile of the Chinese government’s liaison office has brought the party’s playbook into the open.
The arrests appeared intended to deter others from helping antigovernment protesters flee the Chinese territory, where Beijing’s grip is tightening.
One year ago, an important political anniversary in China was met with chaotic demonstrations in Hong Kong. This year, police quickly silenced expressions of dissent.
Detained by the Chinese Coast Guard as they tried to flee the city, the activists are now in the hands of the mainland’s opaque criminal justice system.
Joshua Wong, one of Hong Kong’s most visible pro-democracy activists, suggested that the authorities had political motives for charging him, at a time when the coronavirus has made mask-wearing ubiquitous.
The measure is unlikely to have much of an immediate effect because of the city’s coronavirus restrictions, but it could worsen fraying U.S.-China ties.
Children’s rights groups started a petition demanding a public apology from the police force and an investigation over the girl’s treatment.
Thousands of officers flooded the streets to stop a demonstration that had been planned to show public anger over the postponement and the imposition of a draconian security law.