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Chinese Democracy Movement

Crusade of jailed Chinese democracy activist Wang Bingzhang's daughter

Chinese dissident Wang Bingzhang is shown in 1998 in a friend's apartment in Monterey Park, California. He had been expelled from China for attempting to set up a pro-democracy group. Photo: Reuters

This year marks the 10th anniversary of a Shenzhen court sentence, which put Ti-Anna Wang's father in prison for life on charges of terrorism and espionage. A decade on, his daughter is still campaigning for his release.

Wednesday, 8 January, 2014, 12:38pm

Pan-democrats' road to defeat paved with blunders

Despite the relatively high turnout and a clear victory for the pro-establishment camp, last Sunday's district council elections appeared pretty lacklustre on the surface.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

New blood needed

The pro-establishment political groups, led by the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, won a resounding victory in the district council elections, at the expense of the pan-democrats. Within the pro-democracy camp, the Democratic Party suffered a crushing defeat, and the Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood fared no better.

24 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Alumni, tourists flock to site of Democracy Wall

Peking University's legendary Democracy Wall, which was reduced to tiny pieces of pinewood last week in an unceremonious demolition ordered by authorities, became a site for a memorial at the weekend.

5 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

District elections: the politics of money

All political parties are now busy preparing their district council elections campaigns. In the last elections, in 2003, the pro- democracy camp benefited greatly from the massive protest rally on July 1 that year, and secured substantial gains. However, in early 2003, various pro-democracy groups were rather pessimistic about the elections' outcome.

25 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

A free China perhaps not a pipe dream

For far too long after the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989, an air of political unease and restlessness has prevailed in Hong Kong and Beijing this time every year.

23 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Democrats could be ignored on reforms

The government is confident of winning the support of enough democrats to force a conservative constitutional reform proposal through the Legislative Council, and may ignore Democratic Party opponents, sources say.

5 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Our poll questions

1. Will you vote in the Legco election?

Definitely or most likely will: 85.3pc

Definitely or most likely won't: 5.7pc

Undecided: 8.5pc

2. For which political camp do you intend to vote?

Pro-democracy: 38.9pc

Pro-China: 10.7pc

Moderate camp: 6.7pc

Independent: 13.5pc

12 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Invisible hands at work?

A long shadow was cast over the Legislative Council election three months ago, with fears about Beijing's influence looming large. Claims of irregularities in voter registration and pressure on people to vote for pro-Beijing candidates caused unease within society.

30 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

How to achieve a real breakthrough

In recent weeks, there have been many messages on opening a dialogue between the pro-democracy camp and the central government. In general, it appears that the pro-democracy camp, the Hong Kong and the central governments support such a dialogue in principle. This is welcomed by Hong Kong people, who normally shun confrontation.

1 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Wang Dan struggles to keep sense of outrage alive a long way from home

Life in exile has not been easy for the most prominent leader of the 1989 student protests in Tiananmen Square.

Wang Dan spent almost a decade in jail until 1998, when he was exiled to the US on medical parole.

He has since fought to keep the memory of the military crackdown alive.

1 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

The long, hot summer ahead

There are more than seven weeks to go before the beginning of the nomination period for the next Legislative Council election, and another two months before the actual polling day, on September 12. Nevertheless, the heat is on.

31 May 2004 - 12:00am

Decision makes a mockery of the promises to consult the public

The battle for direct polls in 2007 is over. Ahead is a new round of political tussle in the 'one country, two systems' experiment.

Yesterday's decision by the national legislature to rule out early introduction of 'one person, one vote' did not come as a total surprise - but it is sure to heighten political restlessness and volatility in the short- and medium-term.

27 Apr 2004 - 12:00am

District appointees

The government has appointed the maximum 102 members to Hong Kong's 18 district councils. The pro-democracy camp had strongly opposed such a move, saying a large number of appointments would dilute its election victory in November and fuel anti-government sentiment. The government says most appointees are not members of political parties and were named for their professional skills.

28 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Pro-democracy camp plans to win 30 seats

Hong Kong's pro-democracy parties and groups yesterday held their first meeting to map out strategies to win at least 30 seats in next year's Legislative Council election.

3 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

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