Armoured cars and drones on offer at Beijing anti-terrorism technology trade fair

Two Chinese paramilitary policemen test telescopic sights fitted on dummy guns at the China International Exhibition and Symposium on Police Equipment and Anti-Terrorism Technology and Equipment (CIPATE) in Beijing on May 15, 2013. Photo: AFP

Mannequins in riot gear, armoured cars and drones line a police equipment and “anti-terrorism technology” trade fair in Beijing as vendors seek to profit from the nation’s huge internal security budget.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 8:45am 3 comments

City University looks into harsh treatment of students

Students who took part in the protest when Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visited City University accuse some security guards of violent treatment. Photo: Sam Tsang

City University will set up a review committee to investigate the rough treatment of students who protested at a rally held last week during an opening ceremony on campus.

13 May 2013 - 5:24am 1 comment

Pampering and protests on Mother's Day

Priscilla Chan and daughter Kiki join in the 'Kiss Mama Campaign' in Mong Kok. Photo: Nora Tam

"The most important thing on Mother's Day is to be good and listen to your mum. Every day should be Mother's Day," said 16-year-old Amy Wong Tsz-ching, who woke up extra early yesterday morning to visit a Chinese restaurant for yum cha with her mother and grandma.

13 May 2013 - 8:27am

Police chief defends Occupy Central activist's arrest

Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung views protesters' placards depicting him as a dog and a political tool. Photo: Edward Wong

Andy Tsang Wai-hung said officers did not know until she was arrested on Wednesday that Melody Chan Yuk-fung had joined the movement to occupy roads in the city centre in a pro-democracy protest planned for next year.

10 May 2013 - 5:54am 4 comments

Occupy Central volunteer charged over July 1 protest

Founder Benny Tai Yiu-ting said the government hoped to create 'white terror'. Photo: Dickson Lee

A volunteer at the office of the Occupy Central movement was arrested yesterday for her part in the July 1 demonstrations of 2011, prompting questions as to why it took police nearly two years to act.

9 May 2013 - 5:45am 3 comments

Students demand CityU explain 'rough-up' at rally

Those involved in the campus protest hold a press conference yesterday, saying security guards mistreated them. Photo: Sam Tsang

Students who took part in a protest on Monday when Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying visited City University have accused some security guards of rough treatment and are demanding an explanation from the school.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Jailed protesters cast shadow on anti-Putin rally

Russian police officers detain an unidentified man during a protest rally in Bolotnaya Square in Moscow, Russia, on Monday. Photo: AP

About 20,000 protesters thronged Bolotnaya Square across from the Kremlin on Monday, a year after a protest at the same spot turned violent on the eve of President Vladimir Putin’s inauguration.

7 May 2013 - 5:59pm

Kunming residents rally against chemical plant

Residents wearing masks hold posters with slogans including 'PX get out of Kunming' as they protest against a planned refinery. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds protested in Kunming, Yunnan province, but a march in Chengdu, Sichuan province, was prevented by police. The rallies were timed to coincide with the anniversary of the May 4 student demonstrations in Beijing in 1919.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:57pm

Hong Kong police chief rejects claims in US report on human rights

Commissioner of Police Andy Tsang Wai-hung. Photo: Sam Tsang

An official US report on human rights in Hong Kong has drawn attention to local concerns over freedom of assembly and claims that police are turning to aggressive, abusive tactics.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:16am 19 comments

Myanmar needs an effective legal system, and so do its foreign investors

Suu Kyi urged protesters to accept a controversial Chinese-backed mine that was the scene of a violent crackdown last year, or risk hurting the economy. Photo: AFP

The controversy surrounding Aung San Suu Kyi and a joint-venture copper mine project in Myanmar should give prospective foreign investors pause. It should also prompt the international community to help the country establish a legal regime on which both investors and the people of Myanmar can rely for protection of their rights.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:30am

Thousands call for scrapping of nuclear plants in Taiwan

Young women wave placards and shout slogans denouncing nuclear energy during the huge protest in Taipei yesterday. Photo: AP

Tens of thousands took part in a rally in Taipei yesterday calling on the government to heed the lesson of the Japanese atomic crisis and scrap the island's nuclear facilities.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Violence in Port Said ahead of verdict on soccer riot

A man celebrates the withdrawal of police in Port Said. Photo: AFP

A protester was shot dead in clashes in Port Said yesterday, ahead of today's court verdict on a deadly soccer riot, with unrest pushing Egypt's already precarious government to the brink.

9 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

No end in sight to stand-off in Guangdong village over land deal

A boy plays in a damaged vehicle. Photo: AFP

Just over a week ago, residents fought with scores of attackers whom they claimed were sent by the village Communist Party chief and a business tycoon after they protested against a land deal.

4 Mar 2013 - 9:38am

Bangladesh deploys army in north as protest death toll mounts

Activists run from police as teargas is fired during a protest rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Xinhua

Troops were deployed in violence-wracked Shahjahanpur town after more than 5,000 stick-wielding protesters attacked two police stations, forcing police to open fire

3 Mar 2013 - 12:38pm

Singapore's livelier politics a sign of the times

A protest against an immigration plan that could see Singapore population increase 30 per cent by 2030. Photo: EPA

The recent protest by an estimated 4,000 Singaporeans, against government plans to increase the city state's population largely through immigration, may not have been large by Hong Kong standards.

25 Feb 2013 - 2:52am