Shatin: the Rite of Autumn

Shatin has been a flashpoint several times already, especially after police carried out a brutal clearance in July. Once again, a protest in the New Town Plaza mall of Shatin became a ritual celebration, something which made me think of a “Rite of Autumn”. The feeling was truly that of revenge and liberation from Chinese […]

The Withdrawal

At long last, after 14 weeks of turmoil in Hong Kong “The Withdrawal” finally came. As recounted earlier, massive protests were sparked in the month of June by the introduction of a bill allowing the extradition of suspects to China. The attempt of the Chief Executive, Carrie Lam to force the bill through the HK […]

From the Hong Kong frontlines…

As we entered another 11th week-end of protests in Hong Kong, on 17 August, the police prohibited or severely restricted all the protests taking place on Saturday and Sunday. Once again, it seemed that I would be reporting from the Hong Kong frontlines, instead of enjoying a peaceful week-end relaxation. Another “long march” A recurring […]

Hong Kong : love in times of tear gas

In shocking developments, on July 22, 2019, suspected triad gang members attacked and beat up protesters, people clad in black or even passerbys at Yuen Long MTR station, in the New Territories. As a response, on 27 July, protesters decided to go to Yuen Long to protest against the violence by triads. It was there […]

Hong Kong protests: how Beijing lost sight of the reality

An interesting article published in the South China Morning Post this morning talks about the reaction in China to the Hong Kong Protests. What emerges from the account is a tale of how Beijing lost sight of the reality on the ground in Hong Kong. Deficient “intelligence gathering” It seems that the intelligence apparatus of […]

Hong Kong: the weekend protests

As the Hong Kong government has been gradually giving ground as the mobilization continued, protests have not weakened. Despite Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive vowing that the Extradition Bill was “dead”, it appears that legally, it can be brought back before the Legislative Council (LegCo) in a matter of days. Hence, the moving on to […]

When the (young) lions roar: the invasion of the LegCo in Hong Kong

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Lion’s spirit which animated Hong Kong. Today, it would seem that the (young) Lions’ roar was heard until Beijing. On Monday 1st July, anniversary of the retrocession of Hong Kong to Beijing, a certain number of young protesters took the Legislative Council by assault and defaced […]

The Lion’s rock spirit

Last week, on Sunday, a protests even larger than the previous week’s filled the streets of Hong Kong. Undaunted by scenes of violence, where police shot rubber bullets, tear gas and beat up protesters, hundreds of thousands of hongkongers descended into the streets to protest. In a way, they showed again why the Lion’s rock […]

Hong Kong’s people reject extradition to China

The huge crowds that were marching on Sunday 9 June 2019 in Hong Kong to protest the extradition bill understood it was time to push back Beijing. Under the extradition bill, people could be extradited to China and face judgment or prison terms in what can hardly be deemed a place where due process rules. […]

Hong Kong: the “kids” get their comeuppance at local by-elections

It was a conclusion written in advance, but Joshua Wong and his friends refused to believe it until the end. The “kids” got their comeuppance at the Hong Kong local by-elections. As a reminder, these by-elections were called after the disqualification of several Wong sympathizers for improperly taking their oath at the Legislative Council (the […]