Katherine Cheng

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[2019-2021] Hong Kong Protests: Behind the Front Lines
Location: Toronto
Nationality: Canadian
Biography: Katherine is a documentary and conceptual photographer based between Toronto and Hong Kong. Exploring themes of climate crisis, Asian diaspora, and social movements, she believes in the power of visual storytelling to connect one another and drive... MORE
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[2019-2021] Hong Kong Protests: Behind the Front Lines
Copyright Katherine Cheng 2022
Date of Work Oct 2019 - Oct 2021
Updated Feb 2022
Location Hong Kong
Topics Activism, Breaking News, Conflict, Documentary, Human Rights, Journalism, Photography, Photojournalism, Politics, Social Justice
From 2019-2020, Hong Kong was overtaken by citywide protests, also known as the Anti-Extradition Law Amendment Bill Movement. Triggered by the introduction of a Fugitive Offenders amendment bill on extradition by the Hong Kong government, a deeper fear of the diminishing Hong Kong identity and tensions between Hong Kong and Mainland China ran strong.

On June 30, 2020, a National Security Law was unilaterally introduced to put an end to the protests. Composed of 99 articles, it redefines acts of subversion, secession, terrorism, and foreign interference with punishment up to life imprisonment.

Paired with the rise of COVID-19, the streets have been quiet ever since.
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