Hong Kongers comment on UK’s offer of citizenship rights | AFP

As China and the UK clash over the fate of millions of Hong Kongers under the new security law after London announced plans to extend citizenship rights to British National Overseas holders, Hong Kongers reflect on the opportunities brought by the move and its impact on the city.

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Hong Kongers pessimistic after passage of feared national security law | AFP

People in Hong Kong react to the passing of a sweeping national security law by China, a historic move that critics and many western governments fear will smother the city’s freedoms and hollow out its autonomy.

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Thousands mark one year since death of Hong Kong protester | AFP

Thousands of Hong Kongers pay their respects to mark the one year anniversary of a man who fell to his death after hanging a protest banner on the scaffolding outside a shopping mall. Leung Ling-kit fell to his death during a botched rescue attempt by officials as he held a rooftop protest during last year’s unrest. Police said Leung was suicidal.

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Fearful Hong Kongers hold limited British passports as sign of hope | AFP

Some 2.9 million people in Hong Kong — anyone born before 1997 — are eligible for British National (Overseas) status and Britain has said they could be eligible for citizenship one day. China’s plan to impose a sweeping national security law on the city in response to huge pro-democracy protests has many Hong Kongers mulling the prospect of leaving. “It is hard to do anything more in this city, because you know that every single objection will be met with an iron fist,” says one BN(O) passport holder.

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Arrests and pepper spray as Hong Kongers march in anniversary protest | AFP

Police charge at protesters and use pepper spray as several thousand demonstrators march the Central district of Hong Kong on Tuesday evening — defying authorities a year after huge pro-democracy protests erupted.

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Hong Kongers rally to mark one year of demonstrations | AFP

Hong Kongers take to the streets to demonstrate and mark the one-year anniversary of the start of the pro-democracy protests that hit the semi-autonomous city last year. IMAGES

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Man kneels at park where HK usually holds Tiananmen vigils | AFP

A man kneels in front of barriers blocking entry to Victoria Park where Hong Kongers gather in large numbers annually on June 4 to mark the anniversary of China’s deadly Tiananmen crackdown. This year’s vigil is forbidden on public health grounds with restrictions placed on more than eight people gathering in public, to combat the coronavirus.

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In the doghouse: canine adoptions up in virus-hit Hong Kong | AFP

With free time on their hands and more hours spent at home because of virus restrictions, some Hong Kongers have turned to dogs to keep them company — despite the city’s notoriously limited apartment space.

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Hong Kongers flock to ‘Instagram Pier’ despite pandemic | AFP

At a public pier on Hong Kong Island’s western edge, dubbed “Instagram Pier” for its camera-ready spots, individuals from all walks of life gather to sit back, relax and enjoy the ocean breeze. Young people, families, and the elderly bring the public space — officially a cargo pier — to life with all kinds of outdoor activities as Hong Kong records single digit increases in cases of the coronavirus, despite a growing number worldwide from the pandemic. The city, despite its early onset of COVID-19 cases, has been relatively successful in containing the outbreak, recording just over 1,000 infections to date. Social distancing measures and public space closures are in force, but Hong Kong has so far avoided a major lockdown that many major cities around the world are going through.

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Hong Kongers embrace online workouts during pandemic | AFP

As countries across the world face lockdown to curb the coronavirus spread, many are wondering how they can stay healthy during the weeks — and possibly months — of confinement that lie ahead. Hong Kongers, who often live in tiny apartments, say it can be done.

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Coronavirus: Masks go on world tour as Hong Kongers now send supplies abroad | AFP

Hong Konger Adrian W. Chan is hunting for face masks to send to his parents in Canada, an increasingly common sight in a city once stalked by shortages and now trying to lend a hand as the coronavirus spreads overseas.

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I put a spell on you: Hong Kongers vent political anger with old ritual | AFP

Hong Kongers are seizing on an ancient ritual to relieve their frustration after months of political upheaval, turning to ‘villain hitting’ to curse troublesome people. “(The government) doesn’t act in the interest of us people and tax-payers. So many people come to curse the government…,” says one Hong Konger.

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First batch of Hong Kongers repatriated from Hubei arrive home | AFP

A government-sponsored flight carrying over 100 Hong Kongers stranded in Hubei province, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, arrives in Hong Kong’s airport. IMAGES

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‘How many masks can HK$10,000 buy?’: Hong Kongers give their views on govt cash handout | AFP

Hong Kongers give their views following an announcement that the government will give a HK$10,000 ($1,280) handout to each of the seven million permanent residents in a bid to jump-start a recession-hit economy now compounded by the coronavirus outbreak.

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DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers make their own face masks | AFP

Faced with shortages amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some Hong Kongers are making their own face masks, from starting their own factory production line to churning out coverings on street-side sewing machines.

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DIY virus protection: Hong Kongers make their own face masks | AFP

Faced with shortages amid the COVID-19 outbreak, some Hong Kongers are making their own face masks, from starting their own factory production line to churning out coverings on street-side sewing machines.

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Hong Kongers don masks en masse – but do they work? | AFP

People in Hong Kong tell AFP about the masks they are wearing and an expert explains the difference between surgical and respirator masks.

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Hong Kongers are concerned about spread of Wuhan pneumonia | AFP

People in Hong Kong are worried that a mysterious pneumonia outbreak in mainland China will continue to spread. Masks in some pharmacies are sold out.

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Hong Kongers hit the streets in massive protest | AFP

Tens of thousands of protesters hit the streets of Hong Kong for a massive rally as demonstrators look to carry the momentum of their months-old movement into 2020. IMAGES

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Hong Kongers mark half year protest anniversary with huge rally | AFP

Vast crowds of democracy protesters throng Hong Kong’s streets in a display of support for the movement on its six-month anniversary. NΒ°1MW3YXNΒ°1MW4E2

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Hong Kongers give their views on six months of protests in the city | AFP

Hong Kong residents give their take on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy demonstrations six months on. The unprecedented movement was born on June 9, when an estimated million people took to the streets to protest a proposed bill allowing extradition to mainland China.

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Protests send Hong Kongers to Taiwan in search of new lives | AFP

Protests that have paralysed Hong Kong for nearly six months are pushing residents to seek new lives abroad, with many turning to nearby democratic Taiwan to escape the uncertainty at home.

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