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China's Hong Kong follies

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China's Hong Kong follies

THE massive public demonstrations by students and young members of the middle-class that have roiled Hong Kong in recent weeks are ostensibly demands for democracy. But they actually reflect frustration among a population that has been poorly governed by a succession of leaders picked by China's central government more for their loyalty than...

Repeated calls for dialogue not a weakness: BNP

Repeated calls for dialogue not a weakness: BNP

BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir today said it will be a mistake for the government if it takes BNP’s repeated calls for dialogue as a weakness. The BNP spokesperson said this in two different discussions in the capital city of Dhaka. “Dialogue is the language of democracy as there’s no room for...

World leaders have confidence in govt: Speaker

World leaders have confidence in govt: Speaker

Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury today said Bangladeshis have been elected leaders of two international forums which proves the world leaders have confidence in the government and the democracy of the country. Shirin and Awami League lawmaker Saber Hossain Chowdhury have been elected chairperson and president of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and Inter-Parliamentary...

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...

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