Clifford Lo

Clifford Lo

Clifford is a contributor to Inkstone. He is a reporter for the South China Morning Post.

Hong Kong police say bombers planned to target officers at weekend rally
Detectives in Hong Kong investigating the seizure of two powerful home-made bombs at a school campus believe they were intended for an attack on police at a democracy march that happened at the weekend, sources said on Tuesday. The apparent bomb plot, revealed amid long-running anti-government unrest, prompted a police union to describe the city’s security situation as at its “most alarming” in decades, even worse than during a wave of armed robberies in the 1990s. Force insiders believed the would-be bombers were forced to abandon the attack planned for Sunday after a group of their associates were arrested in a police swoop that morning, hours before the march – which attracted hundreds of
Hong Kong police say bombers planned to target officers at weekend rally
Halloween protests to test Hong Kong’s ban on masks
Masked protester or trick-or-treater? Hong Kong’s police may soon have to spot the difference to enforce a recent ban on face masks intended to end months of civil unrest. The Hong Kong police force has planned to deployed water cannons and 3,000 riot officers to prepare for potential clashes on Thursday night.  Hong Kong has been gripped since June by demonstrations sparked by opposition to a now-withdrawn extradition bill that has resulted in frequent street violence and confrontations between protesters and the police. A police source told the South China Morning Post that there was a high risk of trouble on Halloween, when protesters could take advantage of the occasion to get around th
Halloween protests to test Hong Kong’s ban on masks
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong barred from election
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has been banned from running in local elections next month, a move that could further fuel public anger at the city’s limited democracy underpinning months of social unrest. Wong was the only candidate disqualified from the polls, to be held on November 24, on the basis of his political stance. “The ban is clearly politically driven,” Wong said. “My disqualification will only trigger more people to take to the streets and vote in the coming elections.” Wong is a co-founder of the party Demosisto, whose founding mission is to strive for Hong Kong’s “self-determination.” The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under the promise o
Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong barred from election
Hong Kong protest organizer attacked with baseball bats
An organizer of some of the largest anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong’s history was attacked on Thursday. Jimmy Sham, the convener of the Civil Human Rights Front, and his assistant were hit by two masked men with baseball bats in a restaurant. The assault came on the eve of planned protests on Saturday demanding freer elections of the leader and legislature of the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule under an arrangement called “one country, two systems.” Increasingly concerned that the political firewall between Beijing and Hong Kong is being eroded, a generation of young people has taken to the streets to take part in what they consider to be a fight to preserve
Hong Kong protest organizer attacked with baseball bats
Hong Kong police get new anti-riot suits from Chinese supplier
Hong Kong police are buying new anti-riot protective gear from a Chinese manufacturer, which has also supplied law enforcement units in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  Senior superintendent Kong Wing-chueng from the police public relations branch confirmed on Tuesday that the force had bought new protective suits. Sources said 500 sets of the suits had been purchased from a mainland company.  Kong said the purchase was made after protests in Hong Kong turned increasingly violent in recent months. “As a responsible employer, we purchase any equipment that provides the best protection to our officers,” he said. Police sources said it was the first time supplies for the force had been sou
Hong Kong police get new anti-riot suits from Chinese supplier
Hong Kong lonely heart loses $23 million to an online love scam
A 66-year-old businesswoman in Hong Kong has set a new record in the city, for the greatest sum of money lost in an online love scam: $23 million. According to police, the victim, a wealthy widow who runs a real estate investment company, transferred the money over four years to a man posing as an engineer from Britain. The money she lost was nearly seven times the previous record of $3.3 million, which was swindled out of a public housing tenant over a period of 18 months. The latest case came to light after the woman had a conversation with her family and realized she was being duped. She contacted police last month. A con artist posing as a British engineer befriended her on an online pla
Hong Kong lonely heart loses $23 million to an online love scam
Hong Kong’s most controversial train station
How big of a deal can a train station be? In Hong Kong? Huge. Thousands of Hongkongers have been given their first glimpse inside a controversial train station in the middle of the city, ahead of an official launch later this month. The open day at West Kowloon Station gave people a glimpse of the terminus of the high-speed rail line, which will stretch from the city to the Chinese capital of Beijing when it opens on September 23. But the project has been fraught with controversy. Why? Because about 800 mainland Chinese personnel will be stationed daily in the station, right in the middle of the city – a city which is meant to have autonomous legal, police and immigration systems. A midni
Hong Kong’s most controversial train station
Police find a professor’s missing wife… in a suitcase in his office
A professor at the prestigious University of Hong Kong has been arrested over the murder of his wife, whose body was found in a suitcase in his office. Police did not name the academic, but sources identified him to the South China Morning Post as Associate Professor Cheung Kie-chung, from the university’s department of mechanical engineering. He was arrested on Tuesday after the decomposing body of his 52-year-old wife was discovered in his office on campus, according to a police source. He is being held for questioning, and has yet to be charged. Superintendent Law Kwok-hoi of the Hong Kong Police has said the identity of the victim still needed to be confirmed by an autopsy. The victim w
Police find a professor’s missing wife… in a suitcase in his office
Family feud fuels rare shooting spree in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has been rocked by its first shooting in years, in a family dispute turned daylight murder in a Hong Kong park. In a city with stringent gun control laws, shootings are almost unheard-of. But Ada Tsim Sum-kit, a 44-year-old bodyguard, allegedly shot dead an elderly aunt and uncle and wounded two other relatives during a family meeting on Tuesday afternoon. She had arranged to meet her aunts and uncles, all aged between 60 and 80, in the public park to settle a dispute over her grandmother’s inheritance, which was a $1 million apartment. When the meeting broke up without agreement shortly before 3pm, the woman is said to have pulled out what is believed to be a semi-automatic Beret
Family feud fuels rare shooting spree in Hong Kong
Hong Kong woman conned out of $3.3 million in online love scam
A 56-year-old woman living in public housing in Hong Kong has lost $3.3 million to an online love scam – in just 18 months. That makes her the biggest such scam victim in the city’s history. The victim, who is a supervisor in the accounts department of a local trading company, blew her life savings on her long-distance lover before borrowing millions from family, friends and banks. She finally realized she was being duped in February and contacted the police anti-fraud squad, which managed to freeze just $255,000 of her money. The fraudster, who posed as a financial analyst in Malaysia, befriended the woman on Facebook in June 2016, and first asked for money the following month. “After estab
Hong Kong woman conned out of $3.3 million in online love scam