Bahrain bans protests in new crackdown

Masked Bahraini anti-government protesters holding petrol bombs sit on a telephone pole being used as a roadblock ahead of a march in Malkiya, Bahrain on Sunday, October 28. Photo: AP

Bahrain has banned all rallies and demonstrations following months of protests by anti-government activists who have been pressing for a greater political voice since the Arab spring revolts began early last year.

Thursday, 1 November, 2012, 3:26am

Protest rally denounces digital radio stations closure

DBC supporters pack the area around the government headquarters in Admiralty last night, the culmination of a three-day sit-in. Photo: Edward Wong

DBC ceased to broadcast original programming last night despite a huge crowd that turned out to protest over allegations of political interference at the troubled radio station.

8 May 2015 - 9:30am 2 comments

Pro-national education protesters march on Admiralty

Waving banners and flags, protesters chanted "support national education" and "give us back the right to learn". Photo: Edward Wong

Hundreds of parents and students marched through busy streets yesterday in support of national education - the second big event in a week to support the controversial subject.

22 Oct 2012 - 5:42am 9 comments

Protesters riot over law on Panama duty-free zone

 A demonstrator in Panama burns tyres during a protest against a new government law. Photo: Xinhua

Panama’s anti-riot police have used tear gas and fired into the air to disperse protesters in the Caribbean city of Colon who oppose a new law that allows the sale of state-owned land in the duty-free zone next to the Panama Canal.

20 Oct 2012 - 7:40pm

Female police officers trained to take heat out of protests

Officers from Tango company practise a crowd control drill. Photo: SCMP

The number of protests Hong Kong police have attended has nearly tripled in the past two years, but the force says it has the resources to manage "escalating passions" in the city.

Its secret weapon? An all-woman formation called Tango.

14 Oct 2012 - 4:13am 2 comments

Greek police accused of using girl as human shield during Merkel protest

The officer with his arm around the distressed protester’s neck.

Greek authorities have launched an investigation into allegations that riot police used a young female protester as a human shield at a rally during the visit to Athens by German chancellor Dr Angela Merkel this week.

Witnesses said the girl, who has yet to be identified, was frogmarched in handcuffs ahead of riot police as protesters threw stones at officers.

13 Oct 2012 - 4:19am

Tehran protests over collapsing rial pose no threat to regime, say analysts

Tehran protests over collapsing rial pose no threat to regime, say analysts

The protests that have rocked Tehran over Iran's plunging currency expose an undercurrent of tension and the effects of sanctions, analysts say, but do not yet signal a real threat to the regime.

8 Oct 2012 - 4:43am

Letters to the Editor, October 3, 2012

Emissions at a power plant in Jilin province. Photo: AP

China must lead world in emissions cuts

I refer to the article ("China, EU strike deal to cut carbon", September 21).

3 Oct 2012 - 1:42am 2 comments

University of California to pay US$1m over pepper spray at 'Occupy' protest

A campus police officer sprays seated protesters. Photo: AP

The University of California will pay damages of US$30,000 to each of the 21 students and alumni who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during an otherwise peaceful protest 10 months ago, the university system announced.

28 Sep 2012 - 3:52am

Myanmar farmers and villagers test newfound freedoms with protests

Farmers wave flags as they protest about the confiscation of their land to make way for a Chinese co-owned copper mine in Monywa, in northern Myanmar. Photo: AFP

Farmers and villagers in Myanmar are risking the fury of the authorities by standing up to big business in a test of new rights unthinkable during decades of military rule.

27 Sep 2012 - 4:20am

‘De-Sinofication’ debate re-emerges in HK

Protesters in Sheung Shui last week wave the Union Jack. Photo: David Wong

Attempts to “de-Sinofy” Hong Kong are becoming all too familiar, according to a Beijing-loyalist businessman who warned on Wednesday against efforts to turn it into a city-state.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Spaniards rage against austerity near Parliament

Police shoot rubber bullets at protesters in Madrid on Tuesday. Photo: AP

Spain’s government was hit hard by the country’s financial crisis on multiple fronts on Tuesday as protestors enraged with austerity cutbacks and tax hikes clashed with police near Parliament, a separatist-minded region set elections seen as an independence referendum and the nation’s high borrowing costs rose again

26 Sep 2012 - 3:45pm

On Second Thought: Government ignores protest movement at its peril

In his election campaign, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying bandied about his election motto of "change in stability".

At the time, he could hardly have imagined this proposition would be severely tested in a crisis so soon.

That crisis is the prolonged protest against the national education scheme, fuelled by anger over a perceived attempt to brainwash school pupils.

24 Sep 2012 - 4:06am

Perry Dino captures Hong Kong protests in oil on canvas

Painter Perry Dino, seen in his studio in Tseung Kwan O, has become unofficial artist to the Hong Kong protest movement. Photo: Dickson Lee

Local artist Perry Dino has chronicled Hong Kong's most controversial protest events the old-fashioned way.

Dino, whose real name is Chan, painstakingly captured some of this year's most momentous occasions by painting in oils on canvas.

23 Sep 2012 - 3:02pm

Muslim leaders in Hong Kong vow peaceful rally over anti-Islam film

Leaders of the Muslim community gather at Kowloon Mosque. They are confident today's rally in Central will not turn violent. A protest march is also planned.   Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Leaders representing the city's Muslim community are confident that a protest today in Central against an American film condemned as being anti-Islamic will not erupt into riots of the kind seen across the Middle East over the past fortnight.

23 Sep 2012 - 12:25pm