'Silent majority' reluctant to say why they back CY amid report of handout

Pro-government supporters rally in Admiralty. Photo: AFP

Marchers opposed to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying were eager to declare their reasons for protesting, but many of the thousands who turned out to support the administration were reticent.

Wednesday, 2 January, 2013, 6:11pm 37 comments

Police in show of force for Leung Chun-ying rallies

Leung Chun-ying

One-third of the police force on Hong Kong Island will be deployed today to keep rival protest groups in good order for what a police source described as the city's "most complicated security situation" in two years.

1 Jan 2013 - 7:34am 18 comments

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

Leung Chun-ying protesters pledge to defy police ban on stalls

Thousands of people are expected to protest. Photo: David Wong

Pan-democrats have vowed to defy a surprise police ban on roadside political stalls during a march against Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on New Year's Day in which they hope to draw thousands of protesters.

28 Dec 2012 - 6:19am

Anti-CY protests planned for New Year's Day spark chaos fears

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

Protesters in Causeway Bay next Tuesday to urge Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to step down might find themselves confused as two separate marches - with the same theme - will be held within half an hour of each other.

24 Dec 2012 - 5:15am 4 comments

Jackie Chan plays to the wrong crowd

Jackie Chan. Photo: Xinhua

Anything said by that comedian Jackie Chan should be taken with a pinch of salt, but his remarks, about restricting rights in his home town and toting hand grenades to deter his badass triad buddies, are worthy of some reflection.

22 Dec 2012 - 1:57am 11 comments

Egypt opposition calls for protests over referendum 'violations'

Egypt’s opposition is calling for mass protests today over alleged polling violations after Islamists backing President Mohammed Mursi claimed victory in the first round of a referendum on a new charter.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Jackie Chan criticises Hong Kong as 'city of protest'

Jackie Chan

Action star Jackie Chan is under fire again for suggesting that Hongkongers' right to demonstrate should be limited. It is the second time in three years that the kung fu star has made controversial remarks about restricting freedoms in the city where he was born.

13 Dec 2012 - 2:44pm 49 comments

Tension builds in Cairo ahead of referendum

A boy leans against a newly built barrier in Cairo. Photo: Reuters

President Mohammed Mursi has ordered Egypt's army to take on police powers - including the right to arrest civilians - in the run-up to a divisive constitutional referendum that has triggered mass street protests.

11 Dec 2012 - 3:36am

Myanmar says sorry for monks' protest injuries at Monywa mine

Buddhist monks and activists march during a protest against a violent crackdown on monks by Myanmar police at Letpadaung copper mine. Photo: AP

Myanmar's government has apologised to senior Buddhist clerics over injuries sustained in a violent police crackdown on a rally at a Chinese-backed copper mine, state media said yesterday.

9 Dec 2012 - 3:41am

Echoes of Mubarak in defiant Mursi speech as protests continue

Opposition supporters rally to hear former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi speak. Photo: EPA

In a televised speech reminiscent of toppled leader Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi blamed two weeks of political turmoil that have engulfed his nation on "paid elements," and refused to make any concessions to his opponents.

8 Dec 2012 - 5:46am

Hong Kong must face up to communists in its midst

Peter Tsang Yu-Hung. Photo: Edward Wong

Peter Tsang Yu-hung has opened a can of worms by petitioning the chief executive to retrospectively overturn a conviction for illegal assembly in a public place that landed him in jail 45 years ago. Tsang's conviction was one of many made under emergency laws introduced to deal with the spillover in Hong Kong from the Cultural Revolution across the border.

8 Dec 2012 - 3:43am 1 comment

Ex-Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva to face murder charge

Abhisit Vejjajiva. Photo: AP

Former Thai premier Abhisit Vejjajiva is to be charged with murder over the death of a civilian during the 2010 "red shirt" rallies, officials said yesterday, the first government figure to face court over the bloodshed.

7 Dec 2012 - 3:56am

Amnesty London staff strike over changes

An Amnesty International London protest against US detentions at Guantanamo Bay. The group is now fighting internally. Photo: EPA

The church hall in central London was standing-room only, the atmosphere charged. In a room draped in banners carrying the slogan "Workers' Rights are Human Rights", a union official summed up the mood: "We are here and we are pissed off."

4 Dec 2012 - 3:26am

Calls grow for probe into police violence at Myanmar mine

Demonstrators hold posters and Buddhist flags as they march during a protest against Myanmar authorities' violence on monks and villagers of the Monywa copper mine project. Photo: EPA

Buddhist monks marched in Myanmar’s two biggest cities on Saturday to protest at police violence during a crackdown on demonstrators at a copper mine.

1 Dec 2012 - 8:32pm