10/23/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong government threatens protesters, ready to use force An anonymous source confirms that doves have "been side-lined while hawks" have gained "the upper hand," and that "a certain degree of bloodshed would be unavoidable." So far, talks have failed to produce any result. Hong Kong
(AsiaNews) - The Hong Kong government has decided to up the ante in its
confrontation with demonstrators who have been occupying some of the city's central
districts. It has also threatened them with...
10/21/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Hong Kong: first round of talks end in stalemate The government delegation, led by Carrie Lam, "hopes" to be able to hold another meeting with student representatives but rejects their demands. Protest leaders are set to remain in the streets to show that the battle is a long one.
10/21/2014HONG KONG - CHINA As Occupy Central waits for talks with the government, High Court bars protesters from Mong Kok and Admiralty by Paul Wang A bus company and Citic Tower obtain a High Court injunction. One protester challenges the decision as a violation of freedom of expression. The meeting between the Federation of Students and the government is set for 6 pm today. For Hong Kong's chief executive, full democracy would hurt business by giving power to the poor. For the Catholic Church, the Occupy movement has already achieved a great result by raising political awareness and increasing the visibility of certain ideals among Hong Kongers.
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Justice and Peace: Occupy Central increases the dignity and political consciousness of Hong Kong by Mary Yuen Mee-yin* Mary Yuen, a member of the Vatican Council for Justice and Peace, shows the reasons and the strength of the pro-democracy movement that has occupied for weeks some streets in central Hong Kong. The inspiration is obviously nonviolent and Christian. The sit-in is a meeting place, study, and debate. For Hong Kong, it is a new era of political consciousness, solidarity, and commitment to social justice. Protesters are willing to dialogue, not to overthrow the authority.
10/20/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Beijing and the Hong Kong government spread smear campaign and threats against Occupy by Paul Wang The police threaten: Do not allow your children (students) go to Mong Kok. Fears of violent clamp down. China and Leung accuse Occupy of being in the pay of foreign organizations that want Hong Kong "independence": these allegations could be a foretaste of Chinese military intervention. Government and students to meet tomorrow.
10/18/2014VATICAN Synod Message: Admiration and gratitude to the families who follow Christ, Way, Truth and Life The Message (which we publish in full) is addressed to "ordinary" families and speaks of the beauty of the love between a man and a woman. Little or no space to the issues discussed in the media: communion to remarried; gay families. A prayer to the Father, in union "with the family of Nazareth," which shows the family as the transforming cell of society and the world.
10/18/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Police assault Occupy Central in Mong Kok. Students rebuild barricades by Paul Wang Police clash with thousands of demonstrators overnight. Over 60 injured; 15 policemen. The young people of Occupy were "armed" with umbrellas; Police in riot gear used batons and pepper spray. Possibility of dialogue and confidence in the police evaporates. A new wave of occupations likely.
10/16/2014HONG KONG - CHINA HK Government ready to talk with Occupy but on Beijing's terms by Paul Wang For the protesters, talks are "useless" because of the government's pre-conditions. The authorities want to destroy and suppress the movement. Clashes between police and students take place over night. Seven police agents seen in video beating a defenceless protester are suspended.
10/15/2014HONG 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."
10/15/2014HONG KONG - CHINA Police in riot gear attack Occupy protesters by Paul Wang A video shows police beating a pro-democracy protester for 4 minutes. Human rights observers also attacked. 45 protesters arrested for "illegal assembly". Anti-Occupy protests grow.
10/14/2014IRAQ - ITALY Almost 700,000 euros raised as the 'Adopt a Christian from Mosul' campaign continues by Bernardo Cervellera A second instalment is sent with funds raised in September. The fate of East-West relations is being played out in the Middle East and Iraq. Pope Francis and the Synod issue an appeal. Governments are lukewarm. Aid is coming from around the world. A new international community is defeating the "globalisation of indifference."