Li Zhen | 20 August 2014 | Epoch Times
HONG KONG—When Hong Kong citizens began protesting for democracy and the right to choose their own leader without the Chinese regime’s influence, the Chinese regime protested right back.
More than 1,000 pro-Beijing business, labor, political, and community groups organized a march through Hong Kong on Aug. 17 to protest against Occupy Central with Love and Peace, a Hong Kong movement for universal suffrage. The organizers, who call themselves the Alliance for Peace and Democracy, announced after the march that over 1,500 pro-Chinese Communist Party (CCP) groups participated with a total of 193 thousand people.
Matthew Robertson | 17 August 2014 | Epoch Times
Tens of thousands of protesters marched through Hong Kong’s streets Sunday afternoon, calling for Hong Kong to submit to Beijing’s political control and stop listening to democratic organizers who say the city-state should be able to elect its own leaders without China’s interference.
The only problem was that an unknown number of them were paid to turn up, according to Hong Kong television reports, and many of them may not have been Hong Kong residents at all.
Lin Yi | 23 July 2014 | Epoch Times
HONG KONG—The Civic Square, the symbolic heart of the Central Government Offices (CGO), was designed to express the relation between the people of Hong Kong and their government. That space is now being walled off in a move critics say shows a government turning hostile to its own people.
The CGO complex was originally designed with an open-door concept, as explained by then-Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen.
Matthew Robertson | 24 June 2014 | Epoch Times
The U.S. State Department made a statement recently in favor of democratic progress in Hong Kong, where activists are pushing for universal suffrage—the principle of one person, one vote—and planning to occupy parts of the city’s financial district if Beijing continues its efforts to stifle democracy there.
“We support Hong Kong’s well-established traditions and Basic Law protections of internationally recognized fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of peaceful assembly and freedom of expression,” said a statement by a State Department official, sent by email on June 24.