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Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Clashes at Hong Kong protest site

Violent clashes erupted early on Sunday in a Hong Kong protest hotspot as unarmed pro-democracy activists once again confronted riot police despite the confirmation of talks between protest leaders and officials early this week. Hong Kong's 28,000 strong police force have been struggling to contain a youth-led movement that has shown little sign of...

Hong Kong Protest

New scuffles break out at protest site

New scuffles break out at protest site

New scuffles broke out yesterday night between Hong Kong riot police and pro-democracy activists in a district where police cleared protesters earlier in the day. Police used pepper spray and batons to fend off a large crowd of people who had gathered in Mong Kok, and several protesters were seen knocked to the ground...

Hong Kong protesters strike back

Hong Kong protesters strike back

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong have retaken streets in the Mong Kok district cleared by the authorities just a few hours earlier. Their victory came after clashes with riot police using batons and pepper spray. Wielding open umbrellas as their only weapons, an estimated 9,000 demonstrators pushed back police lines. They managed to retake territory south...

Democracy Protest

HK protesters dig in for long haul

HK protesters dig in for long haul

Hong Kong's democracy protest leaders yesterday implored supporters to bring tents and dig in for the long haul, threatening to expand their occupation of key parts of the city after talks with the government collapsed. Crunch negotiations between protesters and Beijing-backed city officials were slated for yesterday, but fell apart Thursday after the government...

Hong Kong students call fresh protests

Hong Kong students call fresh protests

Hong Kong's student protest leaders have called on supporters to stage a major rally later on Friday after the government cancelled planned talks. The two sides were supposed to be meeting on Friday for the first time since pro-democracy protests erupted in late September. VID: Hong Kong protest: Student protesters respond to govt's cancellation of...

Is democracy a plaything of the 'M3'?

IF you think that democracy is about 'government of the people by the people and for the people', you are dead wrong, not these days. The way democracy has evolved in recent years in both developed as well as in developing countries, it has become more of a system that may be, just may be 'of the people' and to an extent (i.e. after accounting for rigging which is a norm in many countries) 'by the people,' but certainly...

Hong Kong talks set for Friday

Hong Kong talks set for Friday

Talks between pro-democracy protesters and government officials in Hong Kong will be held on Friday, officials say. The talks will discuss "legal implementations of these political reforms," said Lau Kong-wah, government undersecretary, referring to the 2017 elections for chief executive. The protesters want a fully free vote, but China says it will vet candidates for...

HK students agree to formal talks as protests shrink

HK students agree to formal talks as protests shrink

Representatives of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters have agreed to hold formal talks with the government. No date has been set but the students made it clear the talks would be called off if the remaining demonstrators were cleared from the streets by force. As the protests continued for their second week, crowds began to die...

HK protesters threaten talks boycott

HK protesters threaten talks boycott

Leaders of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have threatened to call off talks with the government after demonstrators were involved in scuffles with angry opponents. The government must prevent "organised attacks on supporters of the Occupy movement", they said. The protesters, angry at China's plan to vet election candidates, have been occupying parts of the...

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