» 09/22/2014, 00.00
HONG KONG - CHINA
Big pro-democracy student strike starts in Hong Kong
The weeklong class boycott began today. "[P]ained and outraged to see the advancement of democracy in Hong Kong stifled and suppressed," about 400 academics and non-teaching staff stand by students, who are "Hong Kong's future". Occupy Central is planning a silent sit-in for 1 October, anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic. Billionaires from the former colony are set to meet with Xi Jinping to ask him to "stop" the pro-democracy movement.
01/12/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy: clashes between police and demonstrators near government offices
The police attack with water cannons, pepper spray, batons; students hurl bricks and bottles. At least 40 arrests. According to members of the government, the occupations are the cause of the fall of the stock market and the economic slowdown. Visas refused to British parliamentarians, interested in checking the Joint Declaration.
01/10/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
The "umbrella revolution": students turn their backs on flag raising for China’s National Day
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.
29/09/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Day two of Occupy Central. Police violence comes under fire
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".
15/10/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy Central: churches, a refuge for those who want democracy
The Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wanchai - the nearest to the great mass of people gathered at Admiralty - has been open day and night since 28 September to offer shelter and comfort to those who protest against Beijing's oppression. In the churches of the Territory, people are praying every day, asking for protection of pro-democracy activists and for their intentions. Some members of the local Filipino community remember, "they had been in Manila during People Power in 1986 and understand the importance of the fight that Hong Kong is engaged in."
03/10/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong protest on hold as talks between students and government set to start
After chief executive refuses to resign, protesters wait for meeting with Hong Kong chief secretary Carrie Lam. Decisions made in Beijing "cannot change," Catholic source says. However, meeting will "allow both sides to save face."
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