the jailed Chinese dissident who received the Nobel Peace Prize for his
writings promoting democracy, has been moved from prison to be treated
for late-stage cancer, one of his lawyers said on Monday. Mr. Liu, who had been imprisoned in northeast China,
was found in late May to have advanced liver cancer and was
hospitalized soon after, said the lawyer, Shang Baojun, citing Mr. Liu’s
relatives. Mr. Shang said the outlook for Mr. Liu appeared grim.”
“In Canada, it is the Québécois. In Spain, the Catalans. In Britain, the Scots.Now, China must deal with its own version of a democratically elected indigenous movement, elevated to positions of political power on Sunday in the only place in the authoritarian country where that is possible: Hong Kong.“
“Myanmar President Thein Sein has
congratulated Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party on its success in
polls, his spokesman told the BBC. With about 47% of seats declared, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has taken over 90% of the vote. Ms Suu Kyi has written to the leadership requesting talks on national reconciliation.”
"Democracy protesters in Admiralty are on collision course with police and a coalition of drivers that has vowed to remove their barricades after violent confrontations broke out yesterday.
With police expected to clear barriers in Causeway Bay and Queensway as early as daybreak today, protesters in Admiralty and Causeway Bay have reinforced their barricades with bamboo and cement.
Their action follows clashes yesterday in which hundreds of opponents of the Occupy movement - including about 50 men wearing facemasks - gathered in Queensway at about 1.30pm in an attempt to bring down the barricades.”
"Students and government officials have reached a consensus to start a dialogue on political reform as soon as this week as the city edged towards some sort of normality eight days after Occupy Central protests began.
But the students also reiterated that they would not end their protests in Admiralty, Causeway Bay and Mong Kok unless a substantive breakthrough was made.”
"Volatile political rifts exposed by pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong resurfaced on Saturday in one of the city’s most crowded neighborhoods, a day after protest camps came under attack by men who the police believe had underworld ties.
The police, the government and pro-democracy leaders had all urged crowds to leave two protest sites in the city after scuffles and fighting broke out on Friday between supporters and opponents of the democracy protests… But confrontation returned to the Mong Kok area on Saturday, evidence that a week after the protests began, the conflict has slipped beyond the grip of leaders on either side.”
"As Hong Kong’s “Umbrella Revolution” continues, Martin Jacques and others commentators have tried to pin the underlying causes on purely – or primarily – economic factors. Although quality of life issues undeniably played a role in building up public discontent, the emerging narrative – which seeks to portray Hongkongers as ingrates resentful of Mainland China’s newfound economic success – is incomplete and misleading.”