Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Hong Kong demonstrators Tuesday rejected demands immediately to end rallies that have paralyzed the city's downtown, their numbers swelling for a third night before a national holiday expected to put their campaign for free elections into overdrive.
China's refusal to allow free elections in Hong Kong risks an open-ended confrontation that will test how far Beijing will go to stop the city's pro-democracy fever from infecting the mainland.
With well stocked food stands, fastidious recycling, unmanned phone-charging stations and even a chamber ensemble, Hong Kong's huge protests have a distinctly civilized flavor — part of a charm offensive to maintain mainstream support.
Chinese state media insisted Tuesday that China would not give in to Hong Kong protesters' demands for full democracy and would wait for mass protests in the semi-autonomous city to fizzle out.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Hong Kong's embattled leader called Tuesday for an immediate end to street demonstrations that have drawn tens of thousands and paralysed the city, but protesters refused to move until Beijing grants the financial hub genuine democracy.
The ranks of Hong Kong democracy protesters who have paralyzed parts of the city swelled into their tens of thousands Monday, digging in for another night of confrontation with police in their campaign for free elections.
Protesters armed with little more than parasols and determination have brought central Hong Kong to a standstill with their demands for full democracy, in a movement that has been dubbed the “umbrella revolution.”
Monday, September 29, 2014
Thousands of defiant Hong Kong protesters stood their ground on Monday after facing tear gas and riot police in overnight clashes, paralysing parts of the city with their campaign to demand Beijing allow free elections.
Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill Sunday, a dramatic escalation of protests that have gripped the city for days.
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Police on Saturday cleared dozens of protesters who had stormed Hong Kong's government headquarters overnight, as a weeklong protest against Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy turned angry.