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Furious China calls Hong Kong student leader 'enemy of the people'

May 14, 2018 - 8:33 PM

The vilification of the 21-year-old Alice Cheung comes as concern grows there is no longer room for open political debate in Hong Kong under pressure from Beijing

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE. This undated handout photo taken by Tou Man and provided by Alice Cheung on May 14, 2018, shows Alice Cheung, head of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, posing in Hong Kong. Photo by Tou Man / AFP

Massive Tiananmen vigil expected in divided Hong Kong

Jun 04, 2015 - 11:26 AM

The city is deeply divided ahead of a vote on how to choose its next leader

FOR FREEDOM. Protesters hold pro-democracy banners during a march in Hong Kong, China, May 31, 2015. Jerome Favre/EPA

HK leader declares Occupy protest 'over' as last site cleared

Dec 15, 2014 - 2:02 PM

UPDATED Demonstrators feel their lengthy occupation has put the democracy movement on the map with Beijing and the local administration

TORN DOWN. Government officials (center R) cut down a banner set up by pro-democracy protesters in front of the Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 15, 2014. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong police dismantle protest site

Dec 11, 2014 - 9:24 AM

UPDATED Hundreds of police move in from all sides of the Admiralty camp in the heart of the business district as a few hundred remain in the center despite being ordered to leave or face arrest

DISPERSAL TIME. This general view shows the remaining tents and pro-democracy protesters at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 11, 2014. Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Hong Kong protest leader: Block government, not roads

Dec 05, 2014 - 12:43 PM

Benny Tai says the movement has now run its course and warns that protesters now risk further violent clashes with police if they stay in their camps

In this file photo, pro-democracy leaders Benny Tai (L) attends a press conference outside the Hong Kong government headquarters during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, China, 26 October 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

HK police reopen main road after clearing protest camp

Nov 26, 2014 - 11:49 AM

2ND UPDATE Hong Kong police reopen Nathan Road in Mongkok district after completing their clearing operations

READY. A member of the police (C) holds a pepper spray hose as he and his colleagues take part in the clearance of a major pro-democracy protest site in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on November 26, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

H.K. protest leaders stopped from flying to Beijing

Nov 15, 2014 - 5:40 PM

The Hong Kong democracy protest leaders hope to bring their demands for political reforms to Chinese authories

Pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong and Alex Chow march to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Hong Kong, China on November 9, 2014. Photo by Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong authorities plan to take action at protest sites

Nov 11, 2014 - 3:49 PM

Deputy leader Carrie Lam warns there is currently no room for negotiations between the authorities and protesters

Pro-democracy demonstrators give a thumb down to pro-China supporters during march to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Sheung Wan district, Hong Kong, China, 09 November 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters march to China office

Nov 09, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Protest leaders are also mulling a trip to Beijing to press Chinese officials more directly

Pro-democracy demonstrators give a thumb down to pro-China supporters during march to the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Sheung Wan district, Hong Kong, China, 09 November 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong protest leaders request formal meeting with Beijing

Nov 07, 2014 - 10:07 PM

Fruitless talks with the Hong Kong government two weeks ago have led to an impasse and protest leaders now want to bypass the unpopular local administration altogether

PROTEST LEADERS. Hong Kong student leaders and one of the co-conveners of Occupy Central speak at a press briefing. Photo from EPA

Hong Kong protesters to hold street vote

Oct 24, 2014 - 5:57 PM

UPDATED The purpose of the poll is to provide a way for the participants of the umbrella movement to respond to suggestions provided by the government and to pressure the authorities

A Hong Kong flag in which petals of the city's emblem, the bauhinia flower, have been replaced by yellow umbrellas is displayed at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

UN watchdog faults Hong Kong on reforms

Oct 24, 2014 - 7:47 AM

The UN Human Rights Committee criticizes the lack of a clear plan to institute universal suffrage and to ensure the right of all persons to vote and to stand for election without unreasonable limitations

Pro-democracy protesters scuffle with riot policeman during an Occupy Central demonstration in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 18 October 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Hong Kong civil servants show support for democracy protests

Oct 23, 2014 - 1:57 PM

The posts point to unease among some of those working at the heart of the city s government

A Hong Kong flag in which petals of the city's emblem, the bauhinia flower, have been replaced by yellow umbrellas is displayed at the main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Philippe Lopez/AFP

No end in sight for Hong Kong protests after talks

Oct 22, 2014 - 1:44 PM

Hong Kong student leaders say they might not take part in further talks with the government after accusing city authorities of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass rallies

Hong Kong student leaders and one of the co-conveners of Occupy Central speak at a press briefing, 21 October 2014. (L-R), Joshua Wong, leader of Scholarism, Yvonne Leung, Spokeswoman of HKFS, Nathan Law, of HKFS, Alex Chow, Secretary-General of HKFS, Lester Shum, Deputy Secretary-General of HKFS, Eason Chung, of HKFS and Chan Kin-man, co-convener of Occupy Central. Alex Hofford/EPA

HK leader extends olive branch to democracy protesters

Oct 21, 2014 - 7:11 PM

UPDATED Leung says that while Beijing would not back down on vetting his successor the committee tasked with selecting those candidates could become more democratic

DEMOCRACY PROTEST. Pro-democracy protesters gather to discuss politics in the street in Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, 20 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong protest leaders ridicule 'external forces' claim

Oct 20, 2014 - 3:42 PM

Commentaries on the mainland have increasingly described the Hong Kong protests as a color revolution – a term used by Beijing for political movements funded by international forces

Pro-democracy protesters stand under a sign during an Occupy Central demonstration in the early morning in the Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 20 October 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

'Critical moment' for Hong Kong protests after new clashes

Oct 19, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Twenty people are injured in a 4th night of violence after three weeks of largely peaceful pro democracy rallies and road blockades in three busy districts

Pro-democracy protesters scuffle with riot policeman during an Occupy Central demonstration in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 18 October 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Hong Kong gov't to open talks with democracy protesters on October 21

Oct 18, 2014 - 5:46 PM

The embattled Hong Kong government said it will open talks with student protesters after three nights of clashes between demonstrators and police

Multiple arrests as Hong Kong demonstrators retake protest camp

Oct 18, 2014 - 11:54 AM

UPDATE The Hong Kong police makes 26 arrests in scuffles with a crowd that swelled to 9 000 people

ARRESTS. Hong Kong police (R) clash with pro-democracy protesters during a clash just after midnight in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, October 18, 2014. Photo by Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

HK leader reopens talks offer after police brutality video

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:57 PM

UPDATED Question marks remain other whether fresh talks can make any substantive headway in the stalemate between the government and protesters

LET'S TALK. Leung Chun-ying , Hong Kong's Chief Executive, speaks at a press conference, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong police in violent clashes with protesters

Oct 15, 2014 - 7:37 AM

UPDATED The violence was among the worst seen since the start of intermittent rallies drawing huge crowds calling for Beijing to grant the semi autonomous city the right to hold free elections

IN YOUR FACE. A police officer sprays a pro-democracy protester in the face with pepper spray in Hong Kong on October 15, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

Hong Kong police in fresh assault on protest barricades

Oct 14, 2014 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED Around 100 officers charged down Queensway a major thoroughfare running through the heart of the Asian financial hub to tackle a string of barricades running across the road

Police officers remove barricades of pro-democracy protestors in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 14, 2014. Pedro Ugarte/AFP

Hong Kong protesters vow to fight on as talks collapse

Oct 09, 2014 - 11:43 PM

UPDATED The collapse of the talks plunges the Asian financial hub into fresh crisis with protesters refusing to retreat from their barricades and an equally intransigent government rejecting further negotiations

STUDENT LEADERS. Hong Kong student leaders Joshua Wong (C) and Alex Chow (R) attend a press conference at a pro-democracy protest site next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 4, 2014. Photo by Alex Ogle/AFP

Hong Kong protesters skeptical over what talks can achieve

Oct 08, 2014 - 12:50 PM

While numbers at demonstration sites around the city have dwindled to a few hundred those who remain at the barricades say they will not give ground

A pro-democracy protester is interviewed by journalists during ongoing protests of mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong outside the government offices in Admiralty, Hong Kong, China, 07 October 2014. Mast Irham/EPA

Umbrella Generation: Hong Kong's despairing youth

Oct 07, 2014 - 2:40 PM

The battle for full democracy in the former British colony is only part of why so many of the financial hub s youngsters have taken a leading role in what has become the greatest challenge to China s hold over the territory since its 1997 handover

Pro-democracy demonstrators wearing masks take part in a rally near the venue where China's National Day flag-raising ceremony is taking place, on the fourth day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, in Wanchai, Hong Kong, China, 01 October 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Hong Kong protest leaders agree to talks as numbers dwindle

Oct 07, 2014 - 12:06 PM

While many in the city remain supportive of the movement they also want to resume their daily lives – and even protest leaders are now worried that further disruption could alienate supporters

Pro democracy protester reads a newspaper at Hong Kong's Mongkok district on October 6, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Hong Kong protests subside as exhaustion sets in

Oct 06, 2014 - 1:41 PM

While relieved that they had not been cleared away by police ahead of the government s Monday deadline to abandon the protest sites tiredness was beginning to show for the few hundred who remained

BACK TO WORK. Civil servants walk past a barricade set up and reopened by pro-democracy protestors near the government headquarters as they return to work in Hong Kong on October 6, 2014. Anthony Wallace/AFP

HK civil servants back at work as protests subside

Oct 06, 2014 - 8:28 AM

UPDATED Although numbers dwindled dramatically at the city s main protest sites many say they will return later in the day to resume their campaign for free elections

Pro-democracy protesters rest on a highway next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 6, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

HK protesters refuse to budge despite deadline

Oct 05, 2014 - 6:39 PM

UPDATED But while the crowds outside had dwindled to less than a thousand by dawn on Monday some protesters make it clear they have no intention of going home

A sign of love is seen outside LegCo building in Admiralty district on October 05, 2014 in Hong Kong. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Deadline looms for HK protesters to go home

Oct 05, 2014 - 11:21 AM

UPDATED Embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun ying said the government was determined to take all necessary actions to restore social order

Defiant HK protesters clash with police despite talks offer

Oct 03, 2014 - 9:06 AM

UPDATED Hong Kong is set to return to work Friday after a two day public holiday but major roads and transport routes remain crippled by the chaos

CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. Students gather to listen to political speeches about democracy in the fore court of the occupied Hong Kong Legislative Council Building, prior to blocking the road outside the Hong Kong Chief Executive's Office on day five of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, Hong Kong, China, 02 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

Hong Kong protests go on despite tear gas chaos

Sep 29, 2014 - 1:07 AM

Protesters defiantly stick to their demands for full universal suffrage after Beijing last month said it would allow elections for the city s next leader in 2017 but will vet the candidates – a decision branded fake democracy

SMOKED OUT. A pro-democracy demonstrator runs as police fired tear gas towards protesters near the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 28, 2014. Photo by Xaume Olleros

Tear gas fired at chaotic Hong Kong democracy protests

Sep 28, 2014 - 6:13 PM

UPDATED The extraordinary scenes comes at the climax of a week of student led action against China s refusal to grant full democracy to the former British colony

Police throws tear gas canister into a crowd of students during a protest outside the Central Government Offices and Legislative Council complex in Hong Kong, China, 28 September 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Hong Kong activists launch mass pro-democracy campaign

Sep 28, 2014 - 1:31 PM

Occupy Central co founder Benny Tai says their rally would now merge with the student led protests outside government headquarters

FOR DEMOCRACY. A protester with a City University flag directs students during a student protest outside the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong, China, 27 September 2014. Jerome Favre/EPA

Scuffles as Hong Kong students escalate democracy strike

Sep 23, 2014 - 1:11 PM

UPDATED The week long boycott of classes was a strong showing that breathed new life into the democracy campaign which had been stunned by Beijing s hardline stance

Hong Kong Federation of Students deputy Lester Shum (L) shouts slogans to the press outside the Chief Executive headquarters in Hong Kong on September 23, 2014. Xaume Olleros/AFP

Students push for action in Hong Kong democracy battle

Jul 29, 2014 - 2:30 PM

Student campaign groups say that civil disobedience is the only way to secure change – and that it should happen sooner rather than later

Peaceful pro-democracy protestors demonstrate after the annual anti-Hong Kong government protest rally, Hong Kong, China, 02 July 2014. Stringer/EPA