Hong Kong 1 July Marches

Police chief defends Occupy Central activist's arrest

Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung views protesters' placards depicting him as a dog and a political tool. Photo: Edward Wong

Andy Tsang Wai-hung said officers did not know until she was arrested on Wednesday that Melody Chan Yuk-fung had joined the movement to occupy roads in the city centre in a pro-democracy protest planned for next year.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 5:54am 4 comments

Occupy Central volunteer charged over July 1 protest

Founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting said the government hoped to create 'white terror'. Photo: Dickson Lee

A volunteer at the office of the Occupy Central movement was arrested yesterday for her part in the July 1 demonstrations of 2011, prompting questions as to why it took police nearly two years to act.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am 3 comments

Leung and his allies should realise the true extent of Hongkongers' anger

Our first chief executive, Tung Chee-hwa, provoked widespread public outrage during the seven years that he ruled Hong Kong. When public anger reached a boiling point in 2003, half a million people took to the streets calling for his resignation. Tung stepped down soon after that.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Protesters want deeds, not words

Hong Kong ushered in a new chapter yesterday in its 'one country, two systems' formula. In the morning, President Hu Jintao swore in the new government after a solemn flag-raising ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Across the line into protest country

A new group of participants has emerged to bolster the ranks of local activists marching each year to demand Beijing's rehabilitation of the 1989 pro-democracy movement: mainland tourists.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Protest march turnout may grow

A protest march today is expected to much bigger than originally thought, fuelled by dissatisfaction with Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's performance in Legco on Thursday, when he answered questions about his dealings with tycoons.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Do Hong Kong police have too many discretionary powers?

Matthew Murchie, Imperial College London

In Hong Kong, there is a clear and well-defined rule of law. It is this that the police strive to uphold.

I disagree that by doing so they have somehow abused their powers.

The question is whether the police have acted in ways that may be considered unethical. The answer is no.

1 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hundreds of marchers call for Stephen Lam to resign

Hong Kong's new Chief Secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung yesterday received fresh evidence of his unpopularity when a crowd estimated by organisers to be around 3,000 marched to the new government headquarters calling on him to step down.

10 Oct 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

Online radio to rally protest

Firebrand political group People Power are aiming to create a repeat of their late-night July 1 demonstration by using online radio broadcasts to rally people gathering outside Legco today for a protest against a proposed by-election law.

13 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Medics, pregnant women to bolster rally's ranks

For the first time, doctors will join today's annual July 1 democracy rally - to protest against the government's move to eliminate by-elections.

And leading the crowd will be pregnant mainland women affected by new maternity bed quotas, and people feeling victimised by big-property interests, including Choi Yuen Tsuen and Mei Foo residents.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

July 1 march hit with new stipulation

Organisers of the July 1 anti-government march were told yesterday they must cover amplifiers in Victoria Park to minimise noise.

After winning a small victory against other stringent conditions imposed by police on Friday's event, march organisers from the Civil Human Rights Front were told of the new condition by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Why march numbers just don't add up

Every time there's a protest march, everyone wants to know how many took part. But police, organisers and neutral observers have never agreed on the numbers, and probably never will.

3 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

The little voices

Forget all the background noise and the timid twittering of the doubters, all the signals that matter point to the fact that the government is very worried about this year's July 1 democracy rally.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Civil service trade union may call on members to march on July 1

A trade union representing thousands of rank and file civil servants is weighing whether to call on members to join the July 1 march in a show of dissent against their employer. Smaller staff groups have already called on members to march.

25 Jun 2009 - 12:00am