Pro-Beijing party tops Hong Kong political popularity chart, poll finds

A pro-Beijing party has topped a popularity chart of political groups in Hong Kong, a poll has found. The Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute (HKPORI) published the results on Tuesday of a phone survey of 1,000 Hong Kong residents examining the city’s most popular political parties. Pro-Beijing labor and political group the Hong Kong … Read more

Education foundation of defunct Hong Kong pro-democracy labor group disbands citing ‘political risk’

An education foundation affiliated with the defunct pro-democracy labor group, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU), has announced that it will disband following a members’ vote, citing political risk. According to a statement released on Thursday, the CTU Education Foundation Limited had stopped handling operations matters and auditing, and hired professionals to facilitate … Read more

‘A political show’: Beijing hits back at western criticism of Hong Kong national security arrests

Beijing has hit back at western criticism of Hong Kong’s latest arrest of activists, including a 90-year-old Catholic cardinal, accusing them of “smearing” and putting on a “political show.” China’s Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong “expresses strong disapproval and opposition, emphasizing that ‘rights and freedoms’ are not a ‘shield’ for illegal activities in Hong Kong,” … Read more

Ex-head of Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil group convicted over ‘release political prisoners’ balloon

The former head of the group that organized Hong Kong’s Tiananmen vigil has been convicted of breaking aviation regulations by flying a balloon with a banner reading “Release political prisoners.” Ex-lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan, who formerly headed the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of the Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, was fined and jailed at Eastern … Read more

Political cartoonist Ah To announces departure from Hong Kong citing ‘great mental stress’

Pro-democracy cartoonist Ah To has announced his departure from Hong Kong, saying he faced “great mental stress” if he continued producing political cartoons in the city. The comic artist, who has drawn satirical cartoons about local politics for 11 years, made the announcement on social media on Tuesday. He shared a drawing of one of … Read more

Hong Kong explores new ways to keep court observers from getting too political

District Court judge Stanley Chan has a way of uncovering parts of the law that other judges do not reach. His latest innovation came in the sentencing on Wednesday of Tam Tak-chi, a democrat and former DJ, who had previously been convicted on a variety of sedition charges. Tam Tak-chi. Photo: Tom Grundy / HKFP. … Read more

Hongkongers take to the land to cultivate a sense of identity, as political expression withers

Sporting a face mask-induced sunburn and with a towel around her neck, Kelly Lau hacks away at the soil with a mattock. Kelly Lau digs a ditch at AuLaw Organic Farm in Pat Heung, Yuen Long. Photo: Hillary Leung / HKFP. The 25-year-old is digging a ditch at a farm in Pat Heung, a village … Read more

Political Anecdotes from the Past

Trivia clue: He was the vice-presidential running mate of Grover Cleveland in 1888. Correct response: Who was former US Sen. Allen G. Thurman of California? “The patriot of Columbus cannot be allowed to wither in retirement,” MF Tarpey said, when placing Thurman’s name in nomination, according to June 8th, 1888 report in The Morning Star … Read more

‘A curtain-raiser’: Hong Kong political figures react to Carrie Lam’s decision not to seek a second term

Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam’s achievements shall be left for history to judge, the chairperson of Hong Kong’s biggest pro-establishment party has said. Lam announced on Monday morning that she would not seek a second term. Starry Lee. File Photo: Legislative Council, via Flickr. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong … Read more