South China Correspondent, Hong Kong/Guangzhou
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Dec 15, 2014
Dec 12, 2014

In HK, China likely to use pressure, intimidation to ward off more protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – As the dust settles on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy ‘Occupy’ protests, China is likely to embark on a sweeping but covert campaign across the territory’s judiciary, media and universities to ensure there is no recurrence, activists and politicians say.

The surprisingly resilient, 75 days of protest for a fully democratic vote to choose Hong Kong’s next leader was the most serious challenge to China’s authority since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and crackdown in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Dec 12, 2014

‘We’ll be back’ Hong Kong protesters chant, as camp site dismantled

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police arrested pro-democracy activists and cleared most of the main protest site on Thursday, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations in the Chinese-controlled city, but many chanted: “We will be back”.

Most activists chose to leave the Admiralty site, next to the Central business area, peacefully, despite their demands for a free vote not being met. But the overall mood remained defiant.

Dec 11, 2014

Hong Kong begins clearing main pro-democracy protest camp

HONG KONG, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities started
on Thursday clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that
has choked roads into the city’s most economically and
politically important district for more than two months as part
of a campaign to demand free elections.

The mainly peaceful protests in the Chinese-controlled city
have represented one of the most serious challenges to China’s
authority since the 1989 pro-democracy demonstrations and bloody
crackdown in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Dec 11, 2014

Hong Kong prepares to clear main pro-democracy protest site

HONG KONG, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Hong Kong authorities prepared
on Thursday to clear part of the city’s main pro-democracy
protest site that has choked roads leading to the most
economically and politically important district for more than
two months over calls for free elections.

The mainly peaceful protests have represented the most
serious challenge to China’s authority since the 1989
pro-democracy demonstrations and bloody crackdown in and around
Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Dec 3, 2014

Hong Kong Occupy founders tell students to retreat amid fears of violence

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The founders of Hong Kong’s Occupy Central civil disobedience movement on Tuesday called on pro-democracy activists to retreat from the city center over fears of violence, just hours after a student leader had called on supporters to regroup.

Protesters on the streets, while united in their calls for full democracy for the Chinese-ruled city, have been split over tactics since the demonstrations started in late September and the movement has lacked a clear leadership.

Dec 2, 2014

Hong Kong warns protesters not to return after clashes close government HQ

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists forced the temporary closure of government headquarters on Monday after clashing with police, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of sustained protests in the Chinese-controlled city.

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said police had been tolerant but would now take “resolute action”, suggesting that patience may have finally run out.

Dec 2, 2014

Hong Kong warns protesters not to return

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists forced the temporary closure of government headquarters on Monday after clashing with police, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of sustained protests in the Chinese-controlled city.

Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying said police had been tolerant but would now take “resolute action”, suggesting that patience may have finally run out.

Dec 1, 2014

Hong Kong protesters clash with police, government HQ closes

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of pro-democracy activists forced the temporary closure of the Hong Kong government’s headquarters on Monday after they clashed with police outside, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of sustained protests.

Chaos erupted as commuters made their way to work, with hundreds of protesters surrounding Admiralty Centre, which houses offices and retail outlets, in a tense stand-off with police. The central government offices and the legislature were forced to close in the morning, as were scores of shops.

Nov 30, 2014

Hong Kong protesters clash with police near heart of financial district

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists clashed with police in the early hours of Monday as they tried to encircle government headquarters, defying orders for protesters to retreat after more than two months of demonstrations.

The crowds, chanting “Surround government headquarters!” and “Open the road!”, made their way to the buildings in Admiralty, next to Hong Kong’s central business district and some of the world’s most expensive real estate.