December 2005 Protest for Democracy in Hong Kong

Put the people first

In Hong Kong these days, the sense of discontent among many sections of our population is abundantly clear.

Monday, 2 July, 2012, 12:00am

Still no fix for crowd-count conundrum

You would think that technology would have provided a way by now to get crowd counts and avoid the political fights over participation in the city's big annual rallies, like today's protest march.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Why Article 23 and an open vote belong together

There is bad news for anyone hoping things will calm down on the political front after the present Legislative Council term ends in a few weeks' time. After a summer pause, pandemonium is likely to break out at a higher pitch than ever.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Scrap appointed seats in one go

The district council elections in November will be more competitive than in the past. With a record 412 seats up for grabs, 243 hopefuls signed up on the first day of the two-week nomination period on Thursday. The number of registered voters, at more than 3.5 million, marks a 22 per cent increase over the last decade.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Protest mocks police chief's 'black shadow' remark

Hundreds of demonstrators took to the street yesterday to accuse the police of abusing their powers and call on Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung to step down.

4 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Pressure to postpone by-elections bill grows

The government faces more pressure from allies and independent lawmakers to postpone a bill to eliminate by-elections, following the highest turnout in seven years for the annual march for democracy.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am


The government has just announced a three-month public consultation on whether to build a third runway at Chek Lap Kok airport. Public consultations have also been held recently on a regulatory framework for the property management industry, health care reform, the updating of air quality objectives, whether to establish an independent insurance authority, and a climate change strategy.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Games opponents stabbed us in the back, says Tsang

Officials had been stabbed in the back in the government's bid for the Asian Games, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen told lawmakers yesterday.

'During the process of lobbying, others let us slide down and stabbed [us] with many holes in the back,' he said.

14 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Work records highlight flaws in Legco system

For the past few years, it has seemed almost impossible to read the newspapers or watch a current affairs news programme without being reminded of the debate over constitutional reform, and whether our current system of functional constituencies in the Legislative Council complies with international standards of universal suffrage.

29 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

70,000 rally in support of electoral reform proposals

Tens of thousands of people braved the heat at Victoria Park yesterday to attend a rally called to show support for the government's electoral reform proposals.

20 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Two sides of the coin

Good things come in small packages ... or do they? The recent constitutional reform package proposed by the government has, not surprisingly, been controversial.

17 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

Meeting yields no results

Democratic Party leaders met a top central government representative in Hong Kong for the first time in some 20 years to discuss the city's political reforms, but the meeting did little to resolve differences.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

US consul general talks democracy

US Consul General Stephen Young says the city has America's backing in its quest for a democratically elected leader by 2017 and the Legislative Council three years later, although how this is achieved is up to Hong Kong.

20 May 2010 - 12:00am

Time to seize opportunity for constitutional reform

The public consultation on constitutional reform has been dominated for much of the past three months by disputes over a plan by five pan-democrat lawmakers to trigger by-elections by resigning.

20 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Putting a brave face on a dysfunctional system

It was famously said long ago, and repeated often since, that democracy is the worst form of government - except for all the others that have been tried. Hong Kong's experience of government by consensus rather than by the democratically expressed will of the majority through universal suffrage raises no argument with that.

8 Feb 2010 - 12:00am