Fears of violence as Falun Gong and foes clash over banners

Anti-Falun Gong banners have been put up in Tsim Sha Tsui, on Nathan Road, Jordan and in Causeway Bay. Photo: SMP

A banner war that has erupted between Falun Gong supporters and an organisation opposing them has alarmed lawmakers who fear it may escalate into violence.

Sunday, 9 December, 2012, 3:59am 6 comments

Protests force Egypt court to delay ruling on constituent assembly

Hundreds of supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi protest outside the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Hundreds of supporters of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi protested Sunday outside a top Egyptian court, forcing judges to delay a hearing on a constitutional panel at the heart of a deepening crisis.

2 Dec 2012 - 6:13pm

Japan anti-nuclear groups join forces ahead of election

Protesters hold placards during a large anti-nuclear power rally in front of the National Diet Building in Tokyo in Japan. Photo: EPA

Anti-nuclear parties were coalescing into a new political grouping on Wednesday, as Japan’s fragmented electoral landscape shifts ahead of next month’s national poll.

At least three recently-sprouted parties were readying to fold into Mirai No To (The Future of Japan Party) on a platform of ridding the Fukushima-scarred country of atomic power.

28 Nov 2012 - 4:31pm

Crackdown fuelling self-immolations, International Campaign for Tibet says

Tibetan monks at a sit-in in India yesterday to push for freedom in their homeland. The rally came a day after a nun, the first woman to do so, self-immolated against harsh Chinese rule. Photo: AFP

A security crackdown in Tibetan-inhabited areas is fuelling self-immolations in protest at the central government's rule that have claimed dozens of lives, an advocacy group said yesterday.

Three self-immolations have occurred since Thursday, according to the International Campaign for Tibet - two in the northwestern province of Qinghai and one in neighbouring Gansu .

26 Nov 2012 - 4:59am

Taiwan workers throw eggs at police in protest over economy

About 4,000 people from more than 50 labour groups took part in the protest, organisers said. Photo: AFP

Taiwanese workers pelted police with eggs on Sunday as thousands took to the streets demanding the government change economic policies which they say favour big business.

“Up to 5,000 eggs were thrown to vent our anger,” Lin Tze-wen, the spokesman for the protest, said at the end of the march.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, November 23, 2012

Barack Obama with Aung San Suu Kyi in Yangon. Photo: AFP

Strengthen accountability commission

The Department of Health has come under fire for its failure to adequately regulate private hospitals.

The latest report of the Audit Commission revealed that the department had not conducted inspections of private hospitals promptly and had failed to maintain proper documentation of checking performed.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:21am

Egyptian army in battle for Nile island

Egyptian army troops fought a four-hour gun battle with protesters in southern Cairo, in a dispute over land on an island of the Nile, security officials said. Three protesters were killed.

20 Nov 2012 - 4:18am

Two sides to the right to protest

Our fine tradition of peaceful protests cannot be maintained unless both sides exercise their rights and duties in a measured and responsible way. Photo: SCMP

Hong Kong is arguably the best example of how the right to demonstrate is exercised to the fullest under Chinese rule. With protest figures reaching thousands each year, hardly a day goes by without someone taking to the street. Thankfully, the demonstrators are largely law-abiding. Police officers also try their best to facilitate proceedings while maintaining law and order.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:24am

Protests across Middle East over Israeli air attacks on Gaza

Protesters react to Israeli tear gas in the West Bank. Photo: AFP

Thousands of people across the Middle East protested yesterday against Israel's aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip, with some chanting "death to Israel" and others calling for the bombing of Tel Aviv.

17 Nov 2012 - 2:22am

Singer Peter Yarrow tells University of Hong Kong lack of respect at root of protests

Peter Yarrow of famous folk trio Peter Paul and Mary, giving a talk and performance at Sun Yat-sen Place. Photo: Jonathan Wong

A puff of 1960s magic blew through the University of Hong Kong yesterday as Peter Yarrow, one part of American folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, held a concert and rally at the university's Sun Yat-sen square.

17 Nov 2012 - 4:23am 1 comment

Briefs, November 16, 2012

France raises prospect of arming Syrian rebels

16 Nov 2012 - 3:47am

Millions across Europe strike to protest spending cuts

Graffiti sprayed on the front of a bank in Madrid says "murderers" in Spanish. Photo: AFP

Police and protesters clashed in Spain and Italy yesterday as millions of workers went on strike across Europe to protest spending cuts they say have made the economic crisis worse.

15 Nov 2012 - 2:57am

Athens explodes as Greek lawmakers ram through new austerity package

An armed protester in a cloud of tear gas in Athens' Syntagma Square during Wednesday night's violent protests. Photo: Reuters

Amid some of the most violent demonstrations in Greece in months, its Parliament approved a sweeping set of austerity measures early yesterday in a desperate bid to keep the country in the euro zone.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:27am

Visitors urged to tread lightly in newly famous Lung Mei beach

Yesterday's rally in Admiralty against officials' plan to build a beach at Lung Mei. Photo: Sam Tsang

The controversy over a stretch of coastline near Tai Po destined to become a man-made beach has boosted the area's popularity, alarming green groups concerned about a new disturbance to its marine life.

9 Nov 2012 - 1:54pm 3 comments

Protesters fighting Tolo Harbour beach marching against the tide

Yesterday's rally in Admiralty against officials' plan to build a beach at Lung Mei. Photo: Sam Tsang

The battle to stop the construction of an artificial beach on Tolo Harbour escalated into a mass protest outside government headquarters yesterday.

5 Nov 2012 - 6:00am