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Oct 30, 2014

Hong Kong protests a ‘national security issue’ for China

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have escalated into a national security issue threatening Chinese sovereignty over the Asian financial center, a delegate to China’s rubber-stamp parliament said on Thursday.

Businessman and lawmaker Michael Tien Puk-sun said support for Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was crucial to the city’s future stability and there was no longer any room to remain neutral.

Oct 29, 2014

Lawmaker stripped of China post after calling for Hong Kong leader to step down

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The leader of Hong Kong’s Liberal Party said he would resign on Wednesday, just hours after China’s top parliamentary advisory body expelled him for calling on the city’s embattled chief executive to step down.

James Tien Pei-chun was voted out of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) after he urged Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to resign amid pro-democracy protests that have paralyzed parts of the city.

Oct 21, 2014

Hong Kong leader indicates possible concession as student-govt talks start

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The panel chosen to pick candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 election could be made “more democratic”, the territory’s leader said on Tuesday, the first indication of a possible concession to pro-democracy protesters who have blocked city streets for weeks.

Leung Chun-ying was talking just hours before formal talks got under way between student protest leaders and city officials aimed at defusing the crisis in the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Oct 21, 2014

Hong Kong leader indicates possible concession ahead of talks

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The panel chosen to pick candidates for Hong Kong’s 2017 election could be made “more democratic”, the territory’s leader said on Tuesday, the first indication of a possible concession to pro-democracy protesters who have blocked city streets for weeks.

Leung Chun-ying was talking just hours before the start of formal talks between student protest leaders and city officials aimed at defusing the crisis in the former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Oct 17, 2014

Hong Kong police clear protesters, barricades in surprise raid in Mong Kok

HONG KONG, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Hundreds of Hong Kong police
staged a dawn raid on Friday on one of the key sites occupied by
pro-democracy protesters, removing barricades from roads and
clearing out most of the demonstrators in an another setback for
their movement.

The operation in the gritty working class area of Mong Kok,
across the harbour from the main demonstration zone near the
office of Hong Kong’s leader, came while many protesters were
asleep in their tents.

Oct 16, 2014

Hong Kong leader hopes for fresh talks after night of clashes

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse tension with pro-democracy protesters on Thursday, saying he hopes the two sides can talk next week, but anger over police violence and continued street scuffles suggest the students are not about to give up.

Leung was speaking after more than two weeks of protests that have paralyzed parts of the city and grabbed global headlines amid scenes of violent clashes and tear gas rising between some of the world’s most valuable office buildings.

Oct 15, 2014

Hong Kong police use pepper spray on protesters, anger simmers over beating

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police used pepper spray early on Thursday to stop pro-democracy protesters from blocking a major road near the office of the city’s embattled leader amid public anger over the police beating of a protester a day earlier.

At police headquarters in the nearby district of Wan Chai, hundreds of people gathered outside into the early hours of the morning to express outrage at the beating, with dozens queuing to lodge formal complaints over the incident.

Oct 9, 2014

Prosecutors to probe payout to Hong Kong leader amid protest crisis

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s Justice Department handed the investigation of a $6.4 million business payout to city leader Leung Chun-ying to prosecutors on Thursday as political fallout grows from mass protests calling for democracy in the Chinese-controlled city.

Part of the brief includes “considering and deciding whether prosecution action is warranted” against Leung, who has refused to stand down in recent weeks over protesters’ calls for Beijing to keep its promise of universal suffrage.

Oct 9, 2014

Pressure mounts on Hong Kong leader over payout amid crisis

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Democratic lawmakers in Hong Kong demanded anti-graft officers investigate a $6.4 million business payout to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying on Thursday, as political fallout grows from massive student-led protests calling for democracy in the Chinese-controlled city.

The controversy ratchets up the pressure on the pro-Beijing leader just days after tens of thousands of people occupied the streets of the Asian financial centre and called for Leung to step down.

Oct 6, 2014

Hong Kong democracy protests fade, face test of stamina

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong rolled into early Tuesday with hundreds of students remaining camped out in the heart of the city after more than a week of rallies and behind-the-scenes talks showing modest signs of progress.

Student-led protesters early on Monday lifted a blockade of government offices that had been the focal point of their action, initially drawing tens of thousands onto the streets. Civil servants were allowed to pass through the protesters’ barricades unimpeded.

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