10/01/2014HONG KONG - CHINA The "umbrella revolution": students turn their backs on flag raising for China’s National Day by Paul Wang The students boycotted the raising of the flag to mark the founding of the People's Republic of China. Some demand the release of political prisoners and recall Tiananmen. Leung Chun-ying keeps silent. China censors images and news reports on the demands of democracy. 13 Chinese who support Occupy Central arrested. Beijing warns embassies and consulates: do not interfere with the protesters. Support from Canada, Britain, Australia. Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - Thousands of demonstrators continue to block
the main roads of the territory
on the fourth day of Occupy Central,
demanding full democracy for the people
of Hong Kong.
09/30/2014VATICAN - UNITED NATIONS It is "licit and urgent" to stop the aggression of terrorism, Card Parolin says at UN The Holy See's top diplomat calls for "multilateral action and a proportionate use of force" to ensure "the defence of unarmed citizens." The theory of the "clash of civilizations" ignores "longstanding and profound experiences of good relations between cultures, ethnic groups and religions". The path to follow is to "promote dialogue and understanding among cultures," as well as a sense of "responsibility to protect".
09/30/2014VATICAN Pope: Prepare and pray: the "things" to do ahead of our "dark times” "Our life is too easy, our complaints are overdramatized". Think of the great tragedies, of "these Christian brothers and sisters of ours who are driven from their home and left with nothing: 'But, Lord, I have believed in you. Why? Is believing in You a curse, Lord?'".
09/30/2014CHINA Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state In the city of Baoji, new regulations impose a "voluntary donation" of blood for municipal services. Soldiers and university students are urged to donate at least once a year. People react online. For one netizen, "donations should be voluntary". Others tell the authorities to remember country's health scandals.
09/30/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong Chief Executive calls for immediate end to protests. Occupy Central calls for his resignation by Paul Wang Day three of Occupy Central. Sit-ins extend to Yau Ma Tei and Des Voeux Road. Schools are still closed; 37 banks are closed. There is growing solidarity among population towards the demonstrators. Yesterday evening, tens of thousands of people were in the street. Last night in Mong Kok, a speeding car tried to crash into some of the demonstrators. Many commuters accept transport difficulties because they share the ideals of democracy. "Proud" to be Hong Kongers.
09/29/2014JAPAN Death toll rises to 36 following Mount Ontake's eruption Saturday's event was the first fatal one in modern times. At least 63 people suffered injuries and more than 230 climbers had to seek overnight refuge in local lodges. It is still unclear how many may be missing.
09/29/2014VATICAN Pope: "Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love" The topic Pope Francis chose for the next World Day of Social Communications has been announced. The "Church must learn again how to show that the family is a great gift, something good and beautiful. The Church is called to show more vividly that the gift of love, which the bride and groom offer each other, draws all people to God. It is an exciting task".
09/29/2014PHILIPPINES - UNITED STATES - South China Sea: Manila and Washington play war games against Beijing Thousands of US and Filipino soldiers begin 12-day joint military exercises today near Palawan Island, where Manila is involved in a bitter territorial dispute with Beijing. Recently, the Philippines boosted its military presence in the area.
09/29/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong protests: police violence "a boomerang against the government" A Catholic source in the city tells AsiaNews that "police behaviour shocked people". Increasingly, Hongkongers want democracy. "Now the only way out is for Leung to resign" and open channels of communication." Protest turnout is increasing. Kowloon Peninsula is blocked.
09/29/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Day two of Occupy Central. Police violence comes under fire by Paul Wang The downtown streets are closed: Admiralty, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay. In Kowloon, Nathan Road, Mong Kok and Argyle Street closed. Schools and banks closed. The teachers union joins the strike. Overnight police used batons, spray, tear gas to disperse protesters, who are demanding the resignation of Leung Chun-ying. Beijing slams the movement as "illegal".
09/28/2014VATICAN Pope: "There is no future for people" without inter-generational encounter, when elderly are “discarded” Pope Benedict XVI, "the wise grandfather in the home” attends "The blessing of long life" event. "How often we discard the elderly with an attitude of abandonment that is real and concrete euthanasia". "Homes for the elderly are great ... as long as they are truly homes, not prisons!" The testimony of two elderly people who fled Iraqi Kurdistan: "abuse of the elderly is inhuman, just as it is of children."
09/28/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Occupy Central launches civil disobedience. Solidarity with arrested students by Paul Wang The announcement was made at 1.45am by Benny Lai, one of the leaders. Supporters present include Card. Joseph Zen, the Catholic politician Martin Lee, the entrepreneur Jimmy Lai. Three students, one 17 years old, remain in detention without aby charge. The governor Leung Chun-ying refuses to meet with students. Fears of police raids. Demonstrations in nine cities in support of democracy in Hong Kong. Silence of Xinhua news agency.