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Rumours fuel new protests in Shifang

The Sichuan city of Shifang saw renewed protests over a heavy-metal plant yesterday, as hundreds of people returned to express outrage over the handling of earlier demonstrations.

Monday, 9 July, 2012, 12:00am

City keeps rein on protest students

High schools in the Sichuan city of Shifang have delayed holidays for more than 1,000 pupils until at least tomorrow, following violent protests early this week against the construction of a heavy-metal processing plant. Students reportedly initiated the protests.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

On duty with the PLA

It's strict, confined and regimented, but after all, it is a military barracks, part of the People's Liberation Army's Hong Kong Garrison. But it is not a secretive setting.

4 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

So near, yet so far away for P.L.A. garrison

The People's Liberation Army Hong Kong garrison may be stationed in a free city, but its soldiers are bound by restrictions that prevent them from freely enjoying the city's many offerings that local residents take for granted.

4 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

An article yesterday on page A1 of the first edition entitled 'Massive protest greets Leung' mistakenly said protest organisers had claimed that 530,000 people joined Sunday's demonstration. In fact, organisers said 400,000 took to the streets. The error was also in a story on page A3 and in the leader on A12.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Rally of thousands forces factory halt

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets, some of whom besieged the city government headquarters in Shifang, Sichuan, yesterday, smashing police cars and clashing with thousands of anti-riot police on the second day of protests against a factory they say will poison the city.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Hu's review puts PLA in plain sight

Since the handover, it has been state policy to keep the presence of the People's Liberation Army discreetly away from Hong Kong's general populace.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Migrant worker arrested for blog post

A 31-year-old migrant worker in Guangdong's Zhongshan city has been arrested in the wake of demonstrations by migrant workers, which led to the lockdown of the Shaxi township for at least two days.

Police said the man, originally from Chongqing, was detained for spreading incendiary rumours on his microblogging account.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tales from the troops: 15 years of PLA in Hong Kong

A journalist once tried to trick People's Liberation Army troops in Hong Kong into accepting a cash bribe - but failed.

This is among anecdotes related by the PLA in an article about the garrison's experiences during its 15 years in Hong Kong.

Another tells how an anti-communist activist was prevented from distributing 'reactionary' leaflets in a PLA camp.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Zhongshan township sealed off after riot

A township in Zhongshan city in Guangdong was sealed off by police yesterday as tensions remained high following a riot on Monday night that was believed to have been caused by disputes between locals and migrant workers.

27 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Shift PLA to state not party army

The Chinese Communist Party's control of the People's Liberation Army is so sensitive that discussion about whether the military should instead put the state first is rarely heard. But with the tussle for senior positions within the party in its final stages, the matter is being aired in the official army newspaper and is sneaking onto microblogs.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Take Philippines off black travel alert

The Security Bureau's website says its outbound travel alert system aims to help people better understand the level of risk or threat to personal safety in the 85 countries most popular with Hong Kong travellers. What sets the Philippines apart in this service, accessible on the bureau's website, is that it is lumped in with Syria as a no-go area for Hong Kong tourists.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hacker threatens July 1 attacks as protest

A Hong Kong member of the US-based hacking group Anonymous - who claims to have paralysed several government websites with cyber attacks - says he plans similar attacks in Hong Kong and the mainland as part of the July 1 protests.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Military can't stop democracy in Egypt

The unwillingness of Egypt's generals to accept the results of the country's first democratic presidential election has sent shockwaves through not just the nation, but across the Middle East. Activists agitating for the overthrow of authoritarian leaders saw the successful revolution against Hosni Mubarak 18 months ago as a beacon of hope and inspiration, the essence of the Arab spring.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am