INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: No longer a quiet Macau, a journey through the main protests since 2009

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 July, 2014, 4:06pm
UPDATED : Friday, 25 July, 2014, 4:30pm

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Amid the glare of casinos, political and social tension in Macau is rising. The former Portuguese enclave famed for its profitable gambling industry is home to an increasingly vocal population eager to speak out in times of controversy.

The streets of Macau have hosted a number of protests since Chief Executive Dr Fernando Chui Sai-on took office in 2009 – many of them organised by pro-democracy groups. Housing policy, a push for universal suffrage in 2019 and press freedom have been some of the hot topics. May saw 20,000 people – an unprecedented number – take to the streets to protest lavish retirement packages for the city's outgoing chief executive and top officials.

In this timeline, we take you on a short journey through some of the main protests and events from 2009 to present day.