Hong Kong protesters carry out ‘yellow ribbon’ march

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have marched to the office of China’s top representative in the city.

Activists are angry about a decision by China to screen candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 leadership election. They want direct talks with Beijing. Continue reading

Britain soft on China over Hong Kong crisis, says Chris Patten

Territory’s last British governor says Beijing is being allowed to ‘spit in the face’ of handover pact because of trade fears

The Guardian, Wednesday 5 November

Britain is not putting enough pressure on China to stick to its side of an agreement on the transfer of Hong Kong’s sovereignty because it is worried about damaging trade links, the former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten has said.

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Patten criticises UK’s ‘keep shtoom’ policy on Hong Kong

BBC 4 November 2014

Lord Patten has said the UK should be doing more to support democracy in Hong Kong, suggesting its policy of “keeping shtoom” was counter-productive.

The last British governor of Hong Kong suggested the UK was reluctant to raise difficult issues with Beijing because of fears of losing trade opportunities.

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Hong Kong Protesters Arrested After Clashes in Mong Kok

Local TV Stations Show Police Using Pepper Spray on Demonstrators

WSJ Nov. 5, 2014

HONG KONG—Hong Kong police have arrested three men following clashes early Thursday in Mong Kok, a pro-democracy protest zone in the Kowloon part of the city.

Local television stations showed police using pepper spray on dozens of protesters in the working-class neighborhood. The confrontation was allegedly caused by a man using a camera flash to provoke a police officer, the news channels said.

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Politician Who Called for Hong Kong Leader’s Resignation Is Formally Penalized

International New York Time OCT. 29, 2014

HONG KONG — China’s top advisory body expelled a Hong Kong delegate on Wednesday for giving the wrong kind of advice: that the top official in the city should resign because of what the delegate called the poor way he has handled student-led protests.

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Hong Kong protesters cancel referendum

Pro-democracy demonstrators scrap vote on the next step in campaign, and apologise for lack of consultation

The Guardian, Sunday 26 October 2014

The leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-­democracy protests cancelled a vote on what the next step should be in their month-long street ­occupation, saying they had not consulted the ­demonstrators properly before calling the referendum.

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Hong Kong protesters plan spot referendum over government talks

The Guardian, Friday 24 October 2014

Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum on Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.

The three main groups behind the demonstrations said on Thursday they would register public opinion at the main downtown protest site, where thousands remain camped out.

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