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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.

Oct 3, 2014

Hong Kong protesters face backlash, threaten to abandon talks

HONG KONG, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Pro-democracy protesters faced
off against supporters of Chinese rule in Hong Kong’s teeming
Mong Kok district early on Saturday, in a tense confrontation
that has undermined hopes for talks aimed at ending a week of
turmoil.

Scuffles broke out late on Friday between people demanding
full democracy in the former British colony, including a free
voting system when they come to choose a new leader in 2017, and
residents who want the demonstrations to end.

Oct 2, 2014

Hong Kong leader refuses to resign, offers talks with protesters

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying defied pro-democracy protesters’ demands to step down by Friday, and repeated police warnings that the consequences would be serious if they sought to surround or occupy government buildings.

Leung, speaking to reporters just minutes before an ultimatum for him to resign expired, also said that Chief Secretary Carrie Lam would hold a meeting with students soon to discuss political reforms. He gave no time frame.

Oct 1, 2014

Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press ahead with National Day celebrations.

There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy sections of the city and to express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters’ choices in a 2017 leadership election.

Sep 30, 2014

Lightning, rain fail to deter resolute Hong Kong protesters

HONG KONG, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy
protesters thronged the rain-soaked streets of Hong Kong early
on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing
government that has called the action illegal and vowed to press
ahead with National Day celebrations.

On the sixth day of a determined mass campaign to occupy
sections of the city and express fury at a Chinese decision to
limit voters’ choices in a 2017 leadership election, there was
little sign of momentum flagging.

Sep 30, 2014

Hong Kong pro-democracy academics say face death threats, intimidation

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Some academics at the forefront of Hong Kong’s fight for more democracy say they have become targets of death threats or other intimidation as the former British colony remains near-paralyzed by the biggest protests since it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

Hong Kong has freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland, but Beijing last month rejected demands for free elections to choose the city’s next leader, prompting outrage and protests by tens of thousands of people, mostly students, who have blockaded roads in the global financial hub.

Sep 30, 2014

Hong Kong protesters stockpile supplies, prepare for long haul

HONG KONG, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of
pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong
streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift
barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to
clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas at protesters at
the weekend but withdrew on Monday to ease tension as the ranks
of demonstrators swelled. Protesters spent the night sleeping or
holding vigil unharassed on normally busy roads in the global
financial hub.

Sep 29, 2014

Hong Kong’s student protesters ignite campaign against Beijing

HONG KONG (Reuters) – They are dubbed the “umbrella generation” – teenaged students who have stormed the streets of Hong Kong in their tens of thousands and electrified a long-running protest campaign against Beijing’s attempts to control the financial hub.

Organised, determined and idealistic, they pose a major challenge to mainland China as they demand it gives them the freedom to nominate election candidates. China recently announced that it would not go that far.

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