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HONG KONG - CHINA
Occupy Central ready for a lavish democracy "banquet" in Hong Kong
The "courses" include peaceful acts of civil disobedience to be held on an almost weekly basis. The first one will entail a 500-metre-long black banner to express Hongkongers' ire at Beijing's offer of universal suffrage. Chinese scholar warns that Beijing might restrict the territory's freedom. Catholic Church backs the student strike.
27/10/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong after the revolution
The pro-democracy Occupy Central movement frightened Beijing much more than the short-lived Jasmine Revolution. The government fears a "democratic infiltration" from the Special Administrative Region and will use every means at its disposal, including economics, to stop it. However, doing so it could destroy the country's most dynamic and innovative region. What follows is an analysis by an expert on China, courtesy of the Jamestown Foundation.
15/12/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Hong Kong, no more occupied site. Catholics "will keep the fight for democracy"
The Occupy Movement's last occupied site of Causeway Bay, a business and shopping district, was cleared by police today. Yesterday PIME fr. Franco Mella presided the Mass: "Don't be upset. We should have hope, like John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus Christ".
09/09/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Pro-Beijing official compares striking students to triad gangs
Wong Kwan-yu, a member of pro-Beijing Alliance for Peace and Democracy, threatens a campaign of slander and denunciations against those who boycott classes for true democracy in Hong Kong. He compares protesters to criminal gangs. For Occupy Central founder Benny Tai, the struggle is just beginning; more demonstrations in favour of universal suffrage will take place.
08/09/2014 CHINA - HONG KONG
Beijing self-harming on the issue of Hong Kong democracy
As Hong Kong students plan a weeklong protest as a "last warning" to obtain universal suffrage, the great dissident expresses his full support for the cause of Occupy Central, an issue that concerns the "whole of the Chinese population". He criticises the attitude of the national government for its lack of sincere self-criticism and understanding, and its prevarication. Courtesy of Radio Free Asia.
03/12/2014 HONG KONG - CHINA
Card Zen and Occupy Central leaders released by police
After signing a form, protest leaders were not detained by police. The three leaders and the cardinal said that protest action was over and called on the remaining protesters to leave. Pro-Beijing groups accuse the movement of undermining Hong Kong's economic well-being. Occupy Central has raised awareness among young people about the need for democracy.
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