China activists die in custody during stability sweep

Police check the identity cards of onlookers near Tiananmen Square before the start of the party''s 18th national congress today. Photo: AP

At least two activists died in custody before or during China’s Communist Party congress and tens of thousands had their movements restricted, rights groups said on Monday.

Monday, 19 November, 2012, 3:53pm 1 comment

Vietnam jails musicians over songs

A Vietnamese court jailed two renowned musicians for up to six years for anti-state propaganda, one of their lawyers said, a decision that rights groups branded an outrage.

Viet Khang was given a four-year jail term while Tran Vu Anh Binh, 37 was handed a six-year sentence, lawyer Tran Vu Hai said after a short trial in Ho Chi Minh City.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:49am

Protests over industrial projects a challenge for China

Police and protesters clash in Qidong, Jiangsu, in July over plans for a waste-water pipeline from a paper factory. Photo: AFP

Mainlanders are increasingly taking to the streets in protest over industrial development, a phenomenon analysts say is a serious challenge for local officials. In the latest case, big demonstrations in the Zhejiang city of Ningbo successfully halted a plan to expand a Sinopec petrochemical complex.

31 Oct 2012 - 12:14pm

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1 Nov 2012 - 11:23pm

Armed with court order, bailiffs sweep Occupy activists from HSBC site

Security guards and bailiffs arrive at HSBC headquarters in Central to clear out the protesters. Photo: David Wong

Bailiffs and security guards evicted the final handful of "Occupy Central" activists from outside HSBC headquarters yesterday, ending their almost year-long campaign amid scuffles that left at least four people injured.

12 Sep 2012 - 9:50am 1 comment

Eviction looms for remaining Occupy protesters at HSBC site in Central

Security guards inventory the furniture and personal items at the Occupy Central camp underneath HSBC headquarters. Photo: Dickson Lee

Security guards began making notes on the furniture at the Occupy Central site beneath HSBC headquarters yesterday afternoon, a hint that an attempt to evict the handful of protesters still defying a court order to leave could come soon.

30 Aug 2012 - 3:36am

'Anonymous' member arrested for hack threats

Police arrested a 21-year-old man for posting comments on the internet saying he would hack several government websites.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:03pm

Hacker threatens July 1 attacks as protest

A Hong Kong member of the US-based hacking group Anonymous - who claims to have paralysed several government websites with cyber attacks - says he plans similar attacks in Hong Kong and the mainland as part of the July 1 protests.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hongkongers protest too much, methinks

Hong Kong is a city where citizens have a very high degree of freedom and rights. We have a stable political system, a clean government and a well-defined rule of law. There are many channels to voice our opinions.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Watchdog wants a say on protests

The head of the police watchdog says there is a pressing need to get it involved in helping police and protesters to communicate during demonstrations.

Jat Sew-tong, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council, also said the watchdog could play a role in monitoring the way the force handled protests.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Duo saddle up for a 'life-changing' road trip

When Hong Kong residents Alison Price and Sue Beer embarked on their 11-day cycling trip through Cambodia's countryside, they had no idea what they would get out of it.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Police should learn how to handle today's protests

Two significant things are happening in Hong Kong. On the one hand, there is a rising tide of street protests and, on the other, there is growing official intolerance of the right to protest.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


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5 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Rita Fan refuses to apologise over June 4 comments

Ding Zilin, an advocate for parents who lost their children in the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, yesterday denounced Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai's refusal to apologise over her description of the event as 'unfortunate'.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

'Occupy Central' rally may hit Rat Race

This weekend's 'Occupy Central' campaign, which echoes anti-Wall-Street demonstrations in the United States and elsewhere, may be heading for a clash with bankers and financiers running in Sunday's annual Central Rat Race charity event.

The anti-capitalist protest is set for Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm, at a podium in Exchange Square.

13 Oct 2011 - 12:00am