Hundreds join anti-Thatcher 'party' in London's Trafalgar Square

A protester holds up a placard during a 'party' celebrating former British PM Margaret Thatcher's death in London's Trafalgar square. Photo: Xinhua

The atmosphere was more street carnival than riot, with people of all ages – many of them barely born when she left office in 1990 – dancing, playing tambourines, blowing whistles and horns.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 3:52pm

Thousands of Chongqing residents protest police handling of traffic dispute

Photo uploaded to online forum by witnesses.

The protest began after a bus driver and a private car driver got into a heated altercation on a crowded road in Northern Chongqing District, reported. According to witnesses, the two drivers clashed over who had the right of way. 

14 Feb 2013 - 9:45am 1 comment

Egypt opposition rejects talks with Mohammed Mursi, urges protests

A protester opposing Egyptian President Mursi gestures at the riot police while holding the national flag during clashes along Qasr Al Nil bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

This move came as the Egyptian cabinet approved a draft law that would allow Mursi to deploy the armed forces on the streets "to participate with the police in preserving security and protecting vital establishments".

29 Jan 2013 - 3:59am

Letters to the Editor, January 7, 2013

Kam Kee Cafe shuts down after 45 years. Photo: Dickson Lee

Laws designed to protect maids ignored

I could not agree more with Geoff Carey's letter regarding the vulnerability of domestic helpers in Hong Kong ("Maids will be at mercy of agencies", January 1).

I especially want to direct attention to his point that Hong Kong does have rule of law, "but its effectiveness depends on enforcement".

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am 3 comments

It's not the number of protesters that counts, it's what they are saying

Thousands of anti-government protesters march to the government's headquarters on New Year's Day to call for the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: AP

Protests in Hong Kong are seemingly a numbers game, their success gauged against the benchmark anti-government rally on July 1, 2003, that pulled more than 500,000 people on to the streets. That demonstration marked the beginning of the end for then chief executive Tung Chee-hwa's administration, giving the impression that the figure is what it takes to force a resignation.

3 Jan 2013 - 4:21am 2 comments

What's being said on

On thousands turning out for Sunday's pro-government rally:

Bjorn Berg - I've heard so many bad things about groups like Caring Hong Kong Power and the Hong Kong Youth Care Association Limited, it would be great if the SCMP would do a detailed feature on them to answer questions about who they are, who supports them.

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am

Rallies offer CY Leung a chance to lead

Protestors carry a poster of the city's leader Leung Chun-ying demanding him to step down. Photo: AFP

Unlike elsewhere in the world, where 2013 has been celebrated with joy and festivity, Hong Kong has ushered in the new year with politically charged rallies and protests. Yesterday, tens of thousands of people from two opposing camps took to the street to demonstrate for and against the embattled chief executive.

2 Jan 2013 - 9:03am

June 4 and July 1 groups fear for freedom of assembly

June 4 and July 1 groups fear for freedom of assembly

Rally organisers and political groups could run out of quotas for roadside fund-raising stalls at the annual June 4 night vigil and July 1 march following new government measures to limit licence applications.

The new rules, contained in an attachment to the temporary hawker licence application form the groups must complete, were introduced in July last year but not publicised.

1 Jan 2013 - 7:38am

Hong Kong's right of protest is tarnished by violence

A "Leung rally" activist (centre) scuffles with a person (right) who was holding up Hong Kong's former colonial navy blue flag as marchers referring to themselves as supporters of Hong Kong and of the city's leader, Leung Chun-ying, walk though the streets. Photo: AFP

Our fine tradition of staging peaceful and orderly demonstrations has been called into question once again. On Sunday, a march in support of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying turned rowdy, with individual participants clashing with some anti-Leung activists. Television footage showed two journalists covering the event in Victoria Park were also mobbed by angry protesters.

1 Jan 2013 - 3:17am 4 comments

Two sides to the right to protest

Our fine tradition of peaceful protests cannot be maintained unless both sides exercise their rights and duties in a measured and responsible way. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong is arguably the best example of how the right to demonstrate is exercised to the fullest under Chinese rule. With protest figures reaching thousands each year, hardly a day goes by without someone taking to the street. Thankfully, the demonstrators are largely law-abiding. Police officers also try their best to facilitate proceedings while maintaining law and order.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am

Message for police and protesters

If any evidence is needed that Hong Kong people give full play to their freedom of demonstration, it is to be found in the mass protest when the city marks its return to Chinese rule on July 1 every year. Since 2003, tens of thousands have taken to the streets for all sorts of reasons. By and large, the protests have been peaceful and law-abiding affairs.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Changes to protest law put organisers 'at greater risk'

Detentions can be easily justified, legal experts say

Lawyers and activists have expressed concern over new laws on social stability, saying instigators and organisers of public protests are at greater risk of being detained by police.

30 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Go-ahead is received for July 1 march

Organisers of the July 1 protest march yesterday secured permission from police for the annual rally to go ahead.

However, the Civil Human Rights Front criticised the government and police over a requirement that two participants arrested in last year's protest must report to the police regularly.

28 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Tiananmen square made off limits

Police will clear Tiananmen Square this morning to make way for a civic education ceremony to be attended by secondary school students in what is seen as a move to ward off potential anti-Japan protests.

4 May 2005 - 12:00am

Think-tank's focus on numbers doesn't add up

The numbers game that accompanies major demonstrations in our city is a familiar one. Suddenly, it seems, the government regards it as a matter of great concern.

15 Apr 2004 - 12:00am