Protests erupt in mainland and Hong Kong after Japan arrests Diaoyu 14

Policemen stand by as a protester throws a bottle outside the Japanese embassy in Beijing in protest at arrests on a disputed island. Photo: AFP

Demonstrators protested at Japan's diplomatic missions across the nation to demand the release of activists who landed on the Diaoyus, which Japanese call the Senkaku Islands.

Friday, 17 August, 2012, 12:08pm

Minister jostled on visit to northern French city of Amiens after riots

Interior Minister Manuel Valls (second left) struggles to make his way through a crowd in a riot-hit neighbourhood of Amiens. Photo: Reuters

Youths jeered and jostled the French interior minister yesterday in the northern city of Amiens, where he met local officials after overnight riots in which buildings were torched and police were fired at with buckshot and pelted with missiles.

15 Aug 2012 - 4:23am

Cracks in China's stability drive

Cracks in China's stability drive

With the 18th Communist Party congress just around the corner, the government is doing everything in its power to create a picture of harmony to welcome the country's incoming leaders. But the almost non-stop outbreak of mass protests this year is severely testing its "stability maintenance" efforts.

14 Aug 2012 - 10:57am

City scraps waste pipeline after thousands protest

A city in eastern China scrapped an industrial waste pipeline after tens of thousands of anti-pollution protesters ransacked the local government headquarters, clashed with riot police and tore off the shirt of a Communist Party boss.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Clean growth is the lesson of Shifang

Environmental protection is shaping up alongside official corruption as an issue with the potential to undermine the political legitimacy of Communist Party rule. The increasing sensitivity of the authorities to public opinion attests to that.

5 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Police bike photo triggers fierce debate on internet

An increasingly fierce debate is raging online about a photograph of a police motorcycle festooned with July 1 march banners and handbills which has become a symbol of Sunday's protest.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Protesters' rights are important too

The handover anniversary and Leung Chun-ying's inauguration on Sunday as chief executive were big tests of how well Hong Kong's police are able to work with protesters and the media. Increasingly, the relationship has been strained, heightening concerns that freedom of expression and a free press, cornerstones of our city's success, are being eroded.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Road closures a flashpoint during tense marches

Police blamed protest groups' street stalls for the slow progress of yesterday's pro-democracy march, as activists' calls for more lanes to be closed to traffic led to clashes.

2 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Activists stage protest outside newspaper office

Activists staged a noisy protest outside the South China Morning Post's Causeway Bay office yesterday, accusing the paper of self-censorship by downplaying coverage of the death of dissident Li Wangyang.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Can protesters break the law for the sake of their cause?

Helen Wong Ling-oi, 13, St Stephen's Girls' College

Breaking an unjust law to convey a point has been widely accepted and has brought significant change to society. To say that protesters must not break the law is too inflexible. In fact, some laws are illegitimate. And perhaps breaking the law is the sole effective means to voice one's objection.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

We have the right to loud protests

Many people in Hong Kong say rowdy public protests are ineffective and cause danger and disturbance to the public. They say protesters should be polite.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Strong-arm tactics

I wish to protest

A protest is an expression of objection to what someone has done, said, or decided.

When you feel strongly that something is very wrong, and you want others to know exactly how you feel, you mount a protest.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Critical report puts police in spotlight

For a police force that enjoys a good reputation and high public regard, the criticisms levelled by a government watchdog of the way it dealt with protesters and journalists during a state leader's visit last summer are damaging. It shows the police have much room for improvement in handling major political events.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Hongkongers protest too much, methinks

Hong Kong is a city where citizens have a very high degree of freedom and rights. We have a stable political system, a clean government and a well-defined rule of law. There are many channels to voice our opinions.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

Activists lodge appeal over rally

A campaign group has lodged an appeal against its failed attempt to hold a large rally outside the central government's liaison office in Western this month to voice opposition to police abuse of power.

The Civil Human Rights Front is now seeking to stage its planned 500-strong rally on May 13, after the police rejected its application for an assembly this Sunday.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am