Scores dead as Libya protesters attack ex-rebel headquarters

Protesters take cover during an attack on a Libyan militia headquarters in Benghazi. Photo: Reuters

At least 28 people were killed and 60 were wounded on Saturday when demonstrators attacked the headquarters in Benghazi of former rebels who had fought to oust Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 2:16pm

How big should the income gap be in Asia?

Photo: EPA

Recent riots in Sweden - by some measures the most "equal" nation on earth - raise some interesting questions about the state of equality in Asia, including in Hong Kong.

For several days, the Scandinavian nation was rocked by protests attributed mostly to young immigrants, some of whom set buildings and cars ablaze, perhaps testimony to the reality that inequality exists everywhere.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am

Frankfurt ’Blockupy’ protesters to target ECB and banks

German police have thrown a ring of steel around the European Central Bank in Frankfurt ahead of anti-capitalist protests on Friday. Photo: AP

Thousands of demonstrators from the anti-capitalist Blockupy movement will seek to cut off access to the European Central Bank and other financial institutions in Frankfurt on Friday, to protest their handling of Europe’s debt crisis.

31 May 2013 - 1:22pm

'Beaten villagers' claim sparks clashes in village destined for demolition

Xian villagers protest against demolition in 2010.

Villagers from Xian village, the last urban village in central Guangzhou which is now being demolished, yesterday tore down walls erected by developers after a four-hour stand-off with about 200 police.

24 May 2013 - 5:32am 1 comment

Self-immolation loses its power as a means of protest

Tibetans display portraits of people who killed themselves in self-immolation, during a protest in front of the Liberty Square in Taipei. Photo: AFP

Self-immolation isn't what it used to be. This ultimate form of protest became global news in 1963 when Thich Quang Duc set himself ablaze in the middle of Saigon, protesting against religious oppression. Doused in petrol, the venerable monk sat serenely in the lotus position and lit a match. A bird of paradise thus bloomed, and quickly charred his body.

21 May 2013 - 4:15am

Governments toughen stance on environmental protesters amid Kunming, Chengdu actions

Demonstrators display posters reading "Kunming PX" in a rally against a planned paraxylene plant.

Growth-obsessed local governments have become more sophisticated at handling rising environmental protests on the mainland, as recent cases against controversial chemical projects in southwestern cities Kunming and Chengdu show.

20 May 2013 - 7:20am

Hundreds join second protest in Kunming over oil refinery

Four protesters go behind the backs of rows of police outside the government headquarters in Kunming to express their opposition to a new petrochemical plant. Photo: AFP

Hundreds defied police orders and took to the streets of Yunnan's provincial capital Kunming yesterday to protest against an oil refinery project. Ignoring warnings that any gathering would be illegal, they started congregating near the provincial government headquarters at about 10am despite a heavy police presence.

17 May 2013 - 11:26am

Officials vow to stop rally over Kunming chemical plant

Demonstrators display banners during a protest against plans for a factory which will produce paraxylene (PX), a toxic petrochemical used to make fabris, in Kunming. Photo: AFP

The authorities in Yunnan's provincial capital, Kunming, have attempted to thwart a big rally planned for Thursday to protest against a petrochemical refinery and a related paraxylene (PX) plant in nearby Anning , warning such a gathering would be illegal.

14 May 2013 - 4:41am

Migrant workers protest in Beijing over woman's unexplained death

Photo: AP

Hundreds of migrant workers staged a rare mass protest in Beijing yesterday, demanding an investigation into the mysterious death of a 22-year-old woman from Anhui .

9 May 2013 - 5:40am

Kunming residents sceptical after 'chemical plant still at planning stage'

Photo: AFP

Kunming moved to allay public anger over a controversial chemical project yesterday by claiming it was still in the planning stage. But the announcement was met with scepticism, with residents planning a large protest next week.

8 May 2013 - 5:41am

Striking dockers, unionists won't be removed - yet

Unionist Stanley Ho Wai-hong leaves the High Court. Photo: Sam Tsang

The decision came just hours before the Kwai Tsing port workers accepted a 9.8 per cent pay rise offered by four dock contractors and announced an end to their 40-day walkout.

7 May 2013 - 6:14am

In Hong Kong, this Labour Day lives up to its name

A security guard keeps vigil in front of containers as dockers continue their strike. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong workers marking the Labour Day with protests is nothing new. As in the past, they take to the streets with different demands - higher wages, better benefits and job protection. This year, the tension between workers and bosses seems particularly intense, partly fuelled by the dock workers' strike that has been dragging on for a month.

1 May 2013 - 6:27am

North Korea threatens South over ‘monstrous’ protests

South Korean activists burn effigies of North Korea's founder, the late Kim Il-sung, late leader Kim Jong-il and leader Kim Jong-un during a rally in Seoul on Monday. Photo: EPA

North Korea’s military threatened the South with imminent “sledge-hammer” retaliation on Tuesday, unless Seoul apologised for anti-Pyongyang protesters burning effigies of its revered leaders.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Riot police quell Fenghuang old town protest over tourist entry fee

A visitor is holding an entry ticket in Fenghuang old town. Photo: Xinhua

Riot police were called to Fenghuang old town on Thursday as locals protested against a new entry fee for the popular tourist site in Hunan, which was introduced on Wednesday.

12 Apr 2013 - 4:53pm 1 comment

Chinese activist in legal fight as daughter still kept from school

It has been more than 40 days since Zhang Anni, 10, last went to school after she was taken away in the middle of class by four alleged police officers and prohibited from returning.

9 Apr 2013 - 3:41pm 1 comment