Free Speech Zone

Clashes with police set stage for march today

Organisers of the July 1 protest march believe public anger at the police handling of yesterday's demonstrations against President Hu Jintao's visit will draw even more people to the march - which they already expect will be the biggest in years.

Sunday, 1 July, 2012, 12:00am

Let Hu hear us, say protesters

Pro-democracy groups planning to protest outside the handover anniversary dinner venue attended by President Hu Jintao have been assigned areas too far from the venue to make their voices heard, organisers say.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Protest application calls for rejoicing

Petitioners in Tianjin are excited that police have accepted an application to stage a protest on Sunday, which marks the annual National Law Publicity Day - although they hold little hope that their application will actually be approved.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Free speech requires constant vigilance

In the lead-up to the handover, there were fears that Asia's finest would become more like corrupt mainland public security forces. More than a decade later, the danger is actually that they may be behaving more like police in the US with their extensive powers, propensity for violence and threat to civil liberties.

10 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

HKU: Police sidelined protest

A University of Hong Kong document detailing the planning of security arrangements for Vice-Premier Li Keqiang's campus visit last month shows that the police asked for the protest zone to be set well away from the ceremony venue.

11 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Empty protest zones belie hope for greater tolerance

The setting up of protest zones in three Beijing parks was a small but welcome first step towards allowing demonstrators the freedom to express their views publicly during the Olympics. However, these areas, in Ritan Park, Purple Bamboo Park and Beijing World Park have remained empty since the Games began. This is disappointing, since it undermines the purpose of the zones.

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

HK protest sites 'far from venues'

Activists complained that protest zones announced by police yesterday for the Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong were too far away from the venues.

Protesters will be allowed to wave banners and shout slogans at the Sha Tin Rowing Centre, 300 metres from the competition venue at the racecourse and with a tributary of the Shing Mun River in between.

31 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Protests unlikely if law is enforced

Rally zones will be empty if rules applied

If the rules are applied strictly, authorities in Beijing will probably not have to worry about the protest zones during the Olympic Games - they are likely to remain empty.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing's protest stance should outlive Olympics

Protests and major international events go hand in hand. It is a fact of life that whenever the world's eyes are on a country because of whatever or whoever it is hosting, people with a grievance to air will capitalise on it to get a wider hearing.

25 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Police chief defends stringent security measures for Hu visit

Hong Kong's police chief yesterday defended the tight security arrangements imposed during President Hu Jintao's weekend visit to the city, saying they were necessary and that the needs of protesters had also been addressed.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Police reaction 'indicates dark era'

The police faced further criticism yesterday over the handling of the protest outside the World Bank/ IMF meeting venue on Sunday.

President of the Chinese University Student Union Yung Hiu-kuen said the police 'deliberately controlled and hampered' the protest by far outnumbering the protesters.

25 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Activists' rights 'violated' by officers playing Beethoven

Human rights activists yesterday hit out at police use of Beethoven to drown out protesters' loud shouts of 'Down with Li Peng' on Monday night.

They said it was an unlawful curtailment of freedom of expression.

2 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Beethoven used to drown out dissent

No protesters were charged during the demonstrations and rallies, although some chanted slogans calling for Beijing leaders to step down.

Police sidestepped questions on whether they would act against protesters who shouted slogans such as 'Down with Li Peng' or burned the national flag.

1 Jul 1997 - 12:00am