Tag Archives: Hong Kong

Hong Kong Protests Reach Violent High as Students Clash With Police

Police use pepper spray during clashes with pro-democracy protesters close to the chief executive office in Hong Kong

Police use pepper spray during clashes with pro-democracy protesters close to the chief executive’s office in Hong Kong on Nov. 30, 2014

 After two months of stalemate, the students attempt to block access to the government headquarters leading to intense clashes

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests descended into the worst violence seen so far early Monday, as demonstrators ended more than two months of largely peaceful civil disobedience with a dramatic escalation in tactics.

Thousands of protesters clashed with police overnight at the demonstration’s main encampment near government headquarters in well-heeled Admiralty district, at one point storming into a main thoroughfare and bringing evening traffic to a sudden stop. Police in riot gear fought back with a liberal use of batons and pepper spray, hurling protesters to the ground to make arrests. At least 40 people were hospitalized in the bedlam.

Thousands of protesters clashed with police overnight at the demonstration’s main encampment near government headquarters in well-heeled Admiralty district, at one point storming into a main thoroughfare and bringing evening traffic to a sudden stop. Police in riot gear fought back with a liberal use of batons and pepper spray, hurling protesters to the ground to make arrests. At least 40 people were hospitalized in the bedlam.

The night marked a major reversal in direction for what student leaders have long maintained was a movement principled in nonviolence. Student groups, who bristle at the Chinese government’s insistence on vetting candidates for Hong Kong’s top political leader, have urged protesters to show their readiness for the right to free elections by exercising restraint.

READ MORE – http://time.com/3611250/hong-kong-occupy-central-umbrella-revolution-lung-wo/

China : copying Western democracy brings disaster

Blindly copying Western-style democracy can only bring disaster, an influential Chinese Communist Party journal wrote in its latest edition following more than a week of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. Citing enduring violence and turmoil in countries like Afghanistan, Egypt, … read more

Hong Kong arrested 19 people believed to have organized crime ties

Hong Kong arrested 19 people, some believed to have organized crime ties, during a night of running brawls stretching into Saturday as mobs tried to drive pro-democracy protesters from the streets where they’ve held a weeklong, largely peaceful demonstration. At … read more

China’s ruling party mouthpiece warned of “chaos”

China warned of “chaos” and expressed strong support for Hong Kong’s embattled leader in his face-off with pro-democracy protesters who have threatened to occupy government offices unless he steps down by the end of Thursday. The People’s Daily said in … read more

Hong Kong leader rejects protesters’ demands

Pro-democracy protesters demanded that Hong Kong’s top leader meet with them, threatening wider actions if he did not, after he said Tuesday that China would not budge in its decision to limit voting reforms in the Asian financial hub. Hong … read more