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India school rape sparks more angry protests

Indian activists hold banners and shout slogans during a protest against the rape in New Delhi. Photo: AFP

A seven-year-old girl has been raped in a school toilet in the Indian holiday state of Goa, sparking mass protests and the arrest of her headmistress, police said on Tuesday.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 2:50pm

Cleric Tahirul Qadri leads thousands of protesters towards Islamabad

Tahirul Qadri's supporters shout slogans yesterday. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of Pakistanis crammed into hundreds of vehicles streamed towards Islamabad yesterday in a protest march led by a Pakistani-Canadian cleric demanding electoral reform.

15 Jan 2013 - 5:01am

Protesters vent their fury at Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou

DPP chairman Su Tseng-chang (centre) chants slogans along with other party members in Taipei yesterday, during the largest anti-government rally since Ma Ying-jeou's re-election last May. Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of Taiwanese yesterday took to the streets, demanding a cabinet reshuffle to improve what they described as their "unbearably miserable life", brought on by the government's failure to lift the island's sagging economy.

14 Jan 2013 - 4:04am 2 comments

New Year rally supporting Leung shames the city

Hundreds of people join rally to support Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in the government headquarters, Tamar. Photo: Dickson Lee

There is an old Chinese saying that "a man must despise himself before others will". It was shameful that some questionable groups, including suspected triad members, apparently took part in the rally on New Year's Day to support Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

11 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Southern Weekly protests highlight stalling political reform

The influential Guangzhuo-based <i>Southern Weekly</i> newspaper is mired in a censorship row after an article calling for reform was censored by propaganda officials. Photo: EPA

The crisis at the Southern Weekly escalated on Monday after hundreds of supporters gathered outside the headquarters of the leading Chinese newspaper and demanded that the authorities respect media freedom, which is written clearly in the constitution of the People’s Republic of China.

10 Jan 2013 - 4:02pm

Guangzhou protesters call for press freedom and end to censorship

Protest banners and flowers are laid outside the Southern Weekly office in Guangzhou. Photo: AP

The area outside the Southern Weekly's headquarters in central Guangzhou turned into a people's square yesterday, with several hundred people staging a peaceful demonstration calling for an end to media censorship.

8 Jan 2013 - 3:27pm 3 comments

Hundreds support Southern Weekly's anti-censorship rally

A Guy Fawkes mask among protest symbols. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds of supporters of Guangzhou's outspoken Southern Weekly newspaper protested outside its headquarters yesterday in support of staff involved in a row with the provincial propaganda authorities.

8 Jan 2013 - 2:27pm

Delhi gang-rape case heard behind closed doors

Indian police personnel guide a vehicle, which is believed to be carrying the accused in a gang-rape and murder case, at an entrance to Saket District Court in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: AFP

An Indian court hearing the case of five men accused of gang-raping and murdering a 23-year-old student was cleared on Monday as chaotic scenes forced the hearing to be held behind closed doors.

7 Jan 2013 - 6:47pm

Letters to the Editor, January 5, 2013

Donald Tsang can be proud of Disneyland. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong's travel warning on India is unfair

I refer to the report ("Women's group warns India over rape", January 1). I also read with anger that the Security Bureau issued an amber alert for travellers visiting India.

5 Jan 2013 - 2:38am 2 comments

Government supporters cannot hope to win the battle of the streets

Hundreds of people join rally to support Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying in the Central Government Offices headquarters, Tamar. Photo: Dickson Lee

Let's be frank - it's easier to muster support for anti-government demonstrations than for pro-government events. Those who oppose governments are more motivated to take to the streets, while those who are supportive merely wish to maintain the status quo and it's hard to motivate them into activism.

5 Jan 2013 - 4:00am

Five Delhi gang-rape suspects charged amid further protests in India

Protesters take part in a peace march in New Delhi in solidarity with rape victims. Photo: EPA

Indian police formally charged five men with murder, kidnapping and rape yesterday after the fatal gang-rape of a 23-year-old student in New Delhi that appalled the nation.

Police filed the charges and listed their evidence in a reportedly 1,000-page document submitted to a district court, starting the process of bringing the men to trial.

4 Jan 2013 - 3:42am

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

Late night anti-CY protesters block roads amid scuffles with police

Protesters from from the League of Social Democrats, People Power and other groups chant "Down with CY" in Central on Tuesday. Photo: Jennifer Ngo

The contrast could hardly have been starker. The day that started with an elderly crowd keenly marshalled and with few outward signs of enthusiasm ended with scuffles and blocked roads as hundreds of younger protesters went too far.

2 Jan 2013 - 4:17am 2 comments

Rival protests turn up the heat on Leung Chun-ying

Anti-chief executive protesters march in Tin Hau. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong's political divisions intensified yesterday as tens of thousands of protesters called on Leung Chun-ying to step down while pro-government groups mobilised supporters to back the embattled chief executive.

2 Jan 2013 - 11:52pm 3 comments

Anti-CY protesters explain why they took to the streets

Protestors (left) wearing Guy Fawkes masks are removed from Des Voeux Road Central at an anti-Leung rally and marchers. Photos: Edward Wong, Nora Tam

They came from across the city, carrying different banners and with a wide range of concerns. About the only thing that united them was a wish to see Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying ousted, just six months into the job.

For some, the reasons for marching were deeply personal. For others, the march was about wider concerns and the future direction of Hong Kong.

2 Jan 2013 - 10:03am 20 comments