“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.“
For more, see Michael Forsythe and Alan Wong, “Vote in Hong Kong Deepens a Thorn in China’s Side,” The New York Times (5 Sept 2016)
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opposition lawmakers protested on Sunday outside Beijing’s
representative office in the Chinese-ruled city over the disappearance
of a bookseller who specializes in publications critical of the
Communist Party government. Lee
Bo, 65, a major shareholder of Causeway Bay Books, ‘vanished’ on
Wednesday after he went to fetch books from his warehouse in the city,
Lee’s wife told Hong Kong media.” – Reuters (3 Jan 2016)
For further coverage, see China Digital Times: “Hong Kong Publisher Missing Possibly Detained in China”
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“Tens of thousands are due to attend a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Thursday to mark China’s 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Beijing, an anniversary given added poignancy by protests that gripped the Chinese-run city last year.The political temperature is rising again in Hong Kong ahead of a June 17 vote on a Beijing-vetted electoral package that democrats says makes a mockery of pledges to eventually grant the city universal suffrage.
China sent in the tanks to break up the student-led protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. China has never released a death toll but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.Security was tight on the square on Thursday, with lines at bag checks hundreds of people long. A Reuters reporter saw a middle-aged woman holding a plastic rose hauled away from a checkpoint by authorities.”
For more, see James Pomfret and Clare Baldwin, “Hong Kong ‘Umbrella’ Protests Add Poignancy to Tiananmen Vigil,” Reuters (4 June 2015)
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“Hong Kong police have arrested legislators, student leaders, a pop singer and a media tycoon in a final push to remove the “umbrella movement” from the centre of the city after 10 weeks of pro-democracy protests.
The clearance of the main occupation zone in the Admiralty district closes a chapter for a movement that galvanised the region, drawing tens of thousands to the streets at its height. But even as police moved in on Thursday, the overall message was of peaceful defiance, with participants vowing “We will be back”, and pledging to develop new tactics.”
For more, see Ilaria Maria Sala (HK) and Tania Branigan (Beijing), “Last of Hong Kong Protestors Arrested Amid Police Clearance,” The Guardian (11 December 2014)
Image: Pedro Ugarte (AFP / Getty Images)
"Thousands of protesters thronged the political heart of Hong Kong on Wednesday night, giving a defiant and tearful farewell to a pro-democracy camp that the police have warned they will start demolishing Thursday morning, effectively ending 10 weeks of street occupations that have laid bare divisions over the city’s political future.
Attendance has shrunk at the protest camp in the Admiralty neighborhood, next to the city government’s offices, reduced by exhaustion, cold and disappointment. But thousands returned on a cool night to see the camp, which sprang up in late September as part of a demand for democratic elections for the city’s leader.
'The police can clear our protest site, but they can never extinguish our desire for democracy in our hearts,' said a woman in her 20s who climbed onto a makeshift podium in the middle of the camp, where many huddled to listen to valedictory speeches and roared approval at her words.”
For more, see Chris Buckley and Alan Wong, “As Hong Kong Occupy Protests Wind Down, Many Make One Last Visit,” NYT (10 Dec 2014)
Image: Kin Cheung (Associated Press)
““Our young people have used their bodies to withstand the blows of police batons, their blood and broken bones have brought us the deepest sorrow… We three urge the students to retreat, to put down deep roots in the community and transform the movement.””
- Benny Tai, a leader of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central, quoted by Chris Buckley in “Hong Kong Protest Group Calls for End of Demonstrations,” NYT (2 Dec 2014)