Group will use courts to beat protest ban

A campaign group is planning a 500-strong rally outside the central government's liaison office - and says it will fight through the courts to overturn any attempt to block it.

Wednesday, 25 April, 2012, 12:00am

Watchdog wants a say on protests

The head of the police watchdog says there is a pressing need to get it involved in helping police and protesters to communicate during demonstrations.

Jat Sew-tong, chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Council, also said the watchdog could play a role in monitoring the way the force handled protests.

23 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Police use pepper spray on anti-Leung protesters

The new chief executive was picked by a small group of business leaders and other elites amid boisterous protests against the undemocratic election system. A bigger demonstration is already being planned for this coming Sunday.

26 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Xinjiang violence nothing to fuss about, official says

A top Xinjiang official and National People's Congress deputy says it is normal for an area with ethnic tensions to have rioting like the region has seen in recent years.

Li Zhi, deputy chief of the autonomous region's people's congress since 2008, made his remarks on the sidelines of the annual NPC session on Monday in response to questions about events in the region.

7 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Policing of Li visit to HKU defended

Controversial security measures for last year's visit to the University of Hong Kong by Vice-Premier Li Keqiang were defended by police in the legislature yesterday.

Describing the visit on August 18 as extraordinary, the force's director of operations, Paul Hung Hak-wai, said the decision to tighten security came after a police risk assessment.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Police should learn how to handle today's protests

Two significant things are happening in Hong Kong. On the one hand, there is a rising tide of street protests and, on the other, there is growing official intolerance of the right to protest.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Police defend surge in protester arrests

The number of protesters arrested last year was nearly eight times higher than in 2010, police confirmed.

Arrests of protesters rose from 57 in 2010 to 440. The number of demonstrations rose to 6,878, up by 1,222. The force's chief defended its tactics for handling demonstrations.

18 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Haimen enters fourth day of confrontation

Tension continued to escalate in Haimen, Guangdong, yesterday with more than 6,000 villagers opposed to construction of a power plant shouting slogans and holding banners in a fourth day of confrontation with riot police near the Shenzhen-Shantou highway.

The offciers responded with volleys of tear gas.

24 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Village protesters demand democracy

More than 6,000 residents protesting against a government land grab rallied in the blockaded village of Wukan in Guangdong yesterday, demanding democratic elections and the return of the body of a protest leader who died in police custody about a week ago.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Anti-Wall Street protest comes to campus at Penn

It was an unusual Monday afternoon. As I was walking to Huntsman Hall for my management class, I saw a mob standing outside the building. The protesters were holding signs that said 'Sold out' and 'Congress, how could you?'

As I squeezed my way through the crowd, I saw even more protesters in the lobby. One of them said to me: 'No Wall Street!'

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Occupiers should grow up and stop whining

Frustrated members of the Occupy movement seem to be escalating the intensity of their protests.

A few weeks ago, one protest led to several people being injured, including an elderly woman. Such acts of violence can never be excused. How can these people not be embarrassed by their actions?

24 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

OWS movement must keep up the pressure on the rich

The Occupy Wall Street movement has refocused debate about the widening global rich-poor divide.

Ideologically, the protesters stand as one in voicing their discontent over the inequalities of the global economic system that consolidates wealth in the hands of a few.

However, this message as I see it does not go very far.

10 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Factory workers launch riot against garment tax

Hundreds of indignant owners of small factories and their workers have rioted in Huzhou, Zhejiang, since Wednesday afternoon, smashing public facilities and overturning and setting fire to vehicles, in a protest against a rise in local taxes.

28 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Troubling scenes from the frontlines of a 'revolution'

Protesters all over the world have taken to the streets. At times, their demonstrations have turned violent, with clashes between police and protesters.

In places like Britain, Greece, Italy and the United States, riots have become commonplace over recent weeks. The protests have spread like wildfire as people with similar grievances have decided to 'take action'.

20 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Activists' next move crucial, say analysts

Demonstrators in the anti-capitalism 'Occupy Central' campaign bedded down for a third night underneath HSBC's Central headquarters last night, but experts say whether the campaign will take root in the city depends on the protesters' next move.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am