Tag: Demonstrations, Protests and Riots

With Hymns and Prayers, Christians Help Drive Hong Kong’s Protests

HONG KONG — Armed with a Bible, a guitar and a drawing of Jesus walking on water, Andrea Wong sat outside the offices of Hong Kong’s central government and booed. Ms. Wong, 18, usually stays out of politics. But in recent weeks, as Hong Kong was swept by mass protests against closer ties with mainland […]

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Hong Kong Official Defends Police’s Use of Force Against Protesters

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s top security official on Wednesday defended the police’s hotly criticized use of tear gas and pepper spray against protesters last week, saying that officers had been in a “life-threatening situation.” The protest on June 12 was one of three major demonstrations in recent days against a bill that would allow […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Publicly Apologizes for Extradition Bill

HONG KONG — Backpedaling under mounting public pressure, Hong Kong’s top leader publicly apologized on Tuesday for having proposed contentious legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China. “I would like to tender my sincere apologies to the citizens of Hong Kong,” Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, said at a news conference […]

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China Backs Hong Kong’s Leader Despite Huge Protests

HONG KONG — The Chinese government on Monday voiced strong support for Hong Kong’s embattled chief executive, Carrie Lam, a day after yet another vast street protest against her government rattled the leadership in Beijing and the local political establishment. The Foreign Ministry issued a forceful endorsement of Mrs. Lam on Monday. Beijing’s representatives in […]

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For Hong Kong’s Youth, Protests Are ‘a Matter of Life and Death’

HONG KONG — They are on the front lines of every demonstration, dressed in black T-shirts and pumping their fists as they march through Hong Kong’s sweltering streets. They organize on encrypted messaging groups and hand out helmets and goggles at rallies. When the police fired tear gas at them, they chased the smoke-emitting canisters […]

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Why Hong Kong Is Still Protesting

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher In Hong Kong, hundreds of thousands remain in the streets, even after city officials said they would suspend the contentious extradition bill that prompted the demonstrations in the first place. We look at why the protesters […]

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Joshua Wong, Leader of Hong Kong Protests in 2014, Is Freed From Prison

Joshua Wong, a key leader of the pro-democracy sit-in that roiled Hong Kong for months in 2014, was released from prison on Monday, buoying a new protest movement reminiscent of the one that led to his incarceration. Mr. Wong, 22, served a month of his two-month prison sentence, his second such term on charges related […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Return to the Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology

HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory. Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and followed that up […]

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Protesters Return to Hong Kong’s Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology

HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory. Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and followed that up […]

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Memories of That Night at the Stonewall Inn, From Those Who Were There

Few people are still around who were really at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on that summer evening 50 years ago, when a raid by the police led to a violent uprising. Just this month, the New York Police Department apologized. Here are recollections of that night from three men who were there. Gay […]

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Hong Kong Protest Live Updates: City Braces for More Demonstrations

Here’s what you need to know: ImageProtesters paid their respects near where a man jumped from a building on Saturday.  CreditAthit Perawongmetha/Reuters Hong Kong prepares for another large protest on Sunday. Protesters plan to march again on Sunday against an unpopular extradition bill, one day after Hong Kong’s chief executive said she would postpone a vote […]

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Sudan’s Uncertain Path to Democracy

When a dictator falls to popular wrath, it is often the case that his cabal lies low until the field is clear again. It may be the generals or the secret police or the family; they will renounce their fallen leader to appease the protesters, but as soon as it is feasible they reimpose authoritarian […]

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I Don’t Go to Parties. I Go to Protests.

I have always loved a good protest. Growing up, I’d protest pretty much anything. It had less to do with any social or political ideology and more to do with the fact that I enjoyed making rage-fueled, pun-filled signs and screaming in unison. My passion for protest started early. I’d wave angry posters and yell […]

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How Hong Kong’s Leader Made the Biggest Political Retreat by China Under Xi

HONG KONG — Carrie Lam, the chief executive of Hong Kong, has a very loyal majority in the territory’s legislature. She has the complete backing of the Chinese government. She has a huge bureaucracy ready to push her agenda. Yet on Saturday, she was forced to suspend indefinitely her monthslong effort to win passage of […]

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The Murder Case That Lit the Fuse in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Before the mass street protests, the tear gas and the clashes with the police, before the government went all out for legislation that could threaten Hong Kong’s special status in China, and then abruptly backed down, a pregnant young woman went on a romantic getaway to Taiwan. Poon Hiu-wing, 20, never returned […]

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Sudan Ousted a Brutal Dictator. His Successor Was His Enforcer.

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Once a camel trader who led a militia accused of genocidal violence in Darfur, Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan now sits at the pinnacle of power in Sudan, overlooking the scorched streets from his wood-paneled office high up in the military’s towering headquarters. From his office in the capital, Khartoum, he can see […]

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Slovakia’s First Female President, Zuzana Caputova, Takes Office in a Divided Country

PEZINOK, Slovakia — Zuzana Caputova had been battling to close a toxic landfill in her hometown, Pezinok, in central Slovakia for years when she learned that the wife of her closest colleague had been stricken with an aggressive form of cancer. That same week, her godfather was told that he, too, had cancer. “Part of […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Is Set to Delay Extradition Bill Indefinitely

HONG KONG — On the defensive after days of huge street protests, Hong Kong’s chief executive is preparing to indefinitely suspend her push to adopt a contentious extradition bill after consulting with her superiors in mainland China, people familiar with the discussions said. Delaying the bill would be a remarkable reversal for the pro-Beijing chief […]

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Oberlin Helped Students Defame a Bakery, a Jury Says. The Punishment: $33 Million.

Protests over cultural sensitivity have long been a staple at Oberlin College, a liberal arts school tucked into the cornfields of Ohio, where students have spoken out about everything from microaggressions to the cultural appropriation of sushi. Now some of those protests have put the college on the hook for tens of millions of dollars. […]

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