Farmers rally against plan to develop their land for housing

Northern New Territories residents brought a bit of the country to the Central Government Offices in Tamar. Photo: David Wong

When the architects of the new government offices in Admiralty boasted that the arch-like design represented a "perennially open door", they probably didn't envisage it as an invitation to thousands of protesters.

Monday, 3 September, 2012, 4:20am

Occupy Central protesters pack up as eviction looms

Despite a looming eviction deadline, about 20 tents and some furniture still remained at Occupy Central on Monday afternoon. Photo: David Wong

Occupy Central protesters were leaving the ground floor of HSBC’s headquarters before the deadline of an eviction order expires later on Monday, but some vowed to stay beyond.

The activists – who have been occupying the space since last October – have to leave the communal walk-through area by 9pm under a High Court order issued two weeks ago.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Court jails women punk band members for anti-Putin protest in church

The three Pussy Riot members at the court hearing. Photo: Reuters

A judge sentenced three members of Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot to two years' jail yesterday for staging a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a church, an outcome supporters described as the Kremlin leader's "personal revenge".

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am

Chinese astronauts' HK tour runs into protesters

Guards remove a protester during yesterday's tour.Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The three Chinese astronauts' Hong Kong tour had largely gone as planned - until yesterday afternoon, when they were met by about 10 protesting students demanding social justice on the mainland.

13 Aug 2012 - 8:43am

Defining dissent

The mass protest in Shifang, Sichuan, this month over an infrastructure project feared to be polluting was not new. Similar concerns also mobilised residents in Xiamen in Fujian, Panyu in Guangdong, and Dalian in Liaoning. Like in these earlier protests, the people of Shifang won a victory, at least temporarily, when officials agreed to suspend the project.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Occupiers should grow up and stop whining

Frustrated members of the Occupy movement seem to be escalating the intensity of their protests.

A few weeks ago, one protest led to several people being injured, including an elderly woman. Such acts of violence can never be excused. How can these people not be embarrassed by their actions?

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

'Allies' best kept at the fringes

Hong Kong's democratic camp has a real problem that can only be solved by decisive action. The reckless and self-indulgent actions of the League of Social Democrats and their offshoot, the 'People's Force', threaten to undermine the democrats' widespread popular support. Meanwhile, the radicals are providing the floundering government with a lifeline.

12 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Petitioners should be able to resort to the courts

Economic downturns exacerbate social unrest and prompt people to air grievances. The central government has responded to the current crisis by directing provincial and municipal officials to pay more attention to complaints by petitioners. This is a step in the right direction.

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

New way needed for dealing with discontent

The tens of thousands of protests across the mainland each year indicate not only a great deal of perceived injustice but, more tellingly, the lack of a worthy official mechanism to deal with grievances.

8 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

'Santa' gets community service for sign protest

Activist Matt Pearce yesterday was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for staging a protest on top of a road sign in Central last year while dressed as Santa Claus.

Pearce pleaded guilty before Magistrate Allan Wyeth in Eastern Court to causing a public nuisance.

27 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Voices of protest

The protest alliance which organises the July 1 march says that to survive, it must embrace a wider range of issues, and not focus on marches and direct voting as the political parties want. What should it do? Write to us

19 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

The mass appeal of protests

On your right is Chater Garden, next to the Legislative Council Building, and you can see a group of sex workers protesting against unfair competition from the north...'

14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Signature of protest

Petitioners in Hong Kong add their signatures to a petition against the Japanese government's approval of a new history textbook which glosses over its invasion of China during the second world war.

15 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Reason to be proud

July 1 was one of hottest days in Hong Kong, yet the people's aspirations for democracy did not evaporate under the scorching sun. More than 500,000 people - according to the organisers - defied the stifling weather to vote with their feet once more.

5 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Union chief attacked for no-show at rally

A rift within the largest civil servants' union over the strategy for dealing with the Government on reforms has widened.

13 Jul 2000 - 12:00am