Battle for Turkey's Taksim Square rages on

Protesters trying to return to Taksim Square after Saturday night's sweep are repelled by riot police firing tear gas. Photo: EPA

Riot police fired tear gas and water cannons yesterday at demonstrators trying to return to Istanbul's main square, maintaining a hard line against rekindled protests as the prime minister's supporters prepared to rally across town.

Monday, 17 June, 2013, 4:59am

Marchers turn out to support Edward Snowden

Protesters head to the consulate. Photo: Sam Tsang

Hundreds of protesters marched to the US consulate and the Hong Kong government headquarters in support of Edward Snowden yesterday, saying the American National Security Agency whistle-blower had done the right thing and should be protected.

16 Jun 2013 - 6:42am 3 comments

Turkey police storm protest square in new clashes

Turkish riot police chase anti-government protesters on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Riot police stormed Istanbul’s protest square on Tuesday, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at firework-hurling demonstrators in a fresh escalation of unrest after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would meet with protest leaders.

11 Jun 2013 - 7:31pm

How they see it

Turkish protesters, waving posters of Turkey's founder Kemal Ataturk, gather at Kizilay Square in Ankara, Turkey. Photo: AP

It started with a small protest over the decision to pave over a small park in Istanbul. But that decision and the Ankara government's heavy-handed reaction has sparked the most violent riots that Turkey has experienced in decades.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:12am

Expats rally in Hong Kong in solidarity for Turkish protests

Expats fly the Turkish flag on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront. About 50 protesters met near the clock tower yesterday. Photo: Sam Tsang

As civil unrest continues to grip main cities in Turkey, members of Hong Kong's Turkish expatriate community gathered along the Tsim Sha Tsui harbourfront yesterday to show solidarity for their compatriots.

9 Jun 2013 - 6:27am

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's misjudgment of protesters could cost him power

Illustration: Craig Stephens

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has walked Turkey's political stage unchallenged for a decade, bringing powerful generals to heel and driving economic success that has changed the face of the country, spreading its influence across the region.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Thousands defy Turkish prime minister Erdogan's call to end unrest

Protesters in Instanbul's Taksim Square charge their phones at a mobile station as they dig in for a weekend camping out. Photo: AP

Thousands of angry Turks took to the streets to join anti-government protests, defying Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's call to end the worst civil unrest of his decade-long rule.

9 Jun 2013 - 7:13am

Recep Tayyip Erdogan rejects talk of 'Turkish Spring' after protest death

A protester throws a gas canister back towards riot police during a demonstration yesterday in the Turkish capital. Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan yesterday rejected talk of a "Turkish Spring", shrugging off mass protests against his Islamic-rooted government as medics reported the first death in four days of violence.

4 Jun 2013 - 3:57am

British National Party protest after soldier's killing drowned out by anti-fascists

BNP supporters gathered to protest the May 22 killing of British soldier Lee Rigby. Photo: AP

Police intervened to separate about 150 far-right protesters from a much larger anti-racism crowd in London yesterday to stop them from coming to blows over the killing of a British soldier on a busy street last week.

2 Jun 2013 - 7:58am

Turkish protesters occupy park after police retreat

 Riot police use tear gas to disperse the crowd during an anti-government protest at Taksim Square. Photo: Reuters

Thousands of Turkish protesters poured onto the streets and reoccupied a central Istanbul park yesterday as the police withdrew after three days of violent clashes that sparked a massive anti- regime demonstration.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

France's gay marriage law draws thousands of protesters to Paris

A demonstrator holds a placard with a portrait of French President Francois Hollande during the protest march in Paris. Photo: AFP

One of President Francois Hollande's campaign pledges, the bill allowing same-sex marriage and adoption was voted into law last Saturday after months of protests across a country that has been bitterly divided over the issue.

27 May 2013 - 5:59am

Tiananmen Square crackdown divides Hong Kong's protest movement

About 1,600 protesters joined the march. Photo: Sam Tsang

The emphasis of this year's June 4 night vigil - "Love the country, love the people" - has sparked a row between Hong Kong's veteran democrats and pro-autonomy activists, with the latter claiming that whether the mainland is democratic or not is irrelevant to Hong Kong people.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing's increasingly heavy-handed response to maintain stability

Beijing's increasingly heavy-handed response to maintain stability

Before the Wenchuan earthquake in 2008, the most serious public incident in Chengdu was the protest against the setting up of a petrochemical plant in the suburbs of Pengzhou city. People answered blog calls and gathered "for a peaceful stroll" on May 4. That followed a number of anti-pollution protests in Xiamen.

22 May 2013 - 2:53am 4 comments

Scholarism to bypass police nod in protest over June 4 crackdown

Scholarism spokeswoman Agnes Chow (third from left) and other members. Photo: Dickson Lee

The march - to protest Beijing's refusal to vindicate the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen movement - will be joined with another one arranged by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, which ends at the government headquarters in Admiralty.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am 1 comment

Police attacked after female protester restrained by male officer

Leung Kwok-hung drags a mannequin of Leung Chun-ying into Legco after his protest. Photo: Sam Tsang

The Civil Human Rights Front has called on the police to make public their guidelines governing how male officers should physically handle female protesters, following remarks by secretary for security Lai Tung-kwok that police could decide the matter on a case by case basis.

20 May 2013 - 5:27am 3 comments