Tag: Occupy Central

Joshua Wong and Alex Chow: The People of Hong Kong Will Not Be Cowed by China

HONG KONG — “If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunter Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance […]

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Beijing’s Hong Kong Strategy: More Arrests, No Concessions

HONG KONG — The arrests on Friday of prominent democracy activists in Hong Kong reflect a tactical escalation by China’s leaders, one that they hope will curb the escalating street violence of recent weeks, but which could run the risk of prolonging protests in the city for many more months. Officials in Beijing, along with […]

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Five Years Ago Saturday, a Turning Point for Hong Kong and China

HONG KONG — In many places around the world, a single date marks seismic events considered turning points in recent history, like the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States or the Nov. 9 fall of the Berlin Wall for Europe. For post-colonial Hong Kong, the turning point fell on Aug. 31, 2014. That was […]

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Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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China Pressures Business Over Hong Kong. Workers Get Caught in the Middle.

As Hong Kong seethes with protests against China’s rule, Beijing is increasingly pressuring the business world to take its side. Businesses, both global and local, are falling in line — and their employees are caught in the crossfire. The most dramatic example came on Friday, when Rupert Hogg, the chief executive of Hong Kong-based Cathay […]

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Gangs of Hong Kong

ImageProtesters amid tear gas near China’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong last month.CreditTyrone Siu/Reuters The effects of the Hong Kong protests are spreading — to bakeries, bandits and Beijing. As messages supporting the demonstrations began appearing on the pastry skin of seasonal mooncakes, opposition to the protests suddenly took the form of muscle from the […]

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A Movement, and a Country, Torn by Protests

When hundreds of thousands marched through the broiling streets of Hong Kong in recent weeks, they posed a serious challenge for the Chinese government. But when some of them stormed the Legislative Council and ransacked the chamber on Monday, they put their movement’s fragile gains at risk. What first set off the latest wave of […]

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A Hong Kong Protester’s Tactic: Get the Police to Hit You

ImagePolice faced off with protesters on the Victoria Harbor waterfront in Hong Kong on Saturday.CreditChan Long Hei/EPA, via Shutterstock HONG KONG — I am one of the Hong Kong protesters. I took part in the two mass marches earlier this month, the June 12 protest that turned violent and the blockade of police headquarters on […]

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Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Resisting China With Anarchy and Principle

ImageProtesters surrounded police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21.CreditPaula Bronstein/Getty Images HONG KONG — The protests that have roiled Hong Kong for weeks, combining vast marches with small guerrilla operations of civil disobedience, are not the radical development that some say. They are a natural extension of protests past — an upgrade of the […]

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The Hong Kong Protests Are About More Than an Extradition Law

If we are to believe Carrie Lam, the chief executive of the Hong Kong government, the hundreds of thousands of people who marched through the city’s sweltering streets on Sunday just didn’t get it. They may have thought they were protesting a proposal to allow extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China, but, in Ms. […]

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Can the People of Hong Kong Fend Off China?

If Hong Kong’s undoing comes much earlier than 2047, the year that the city’s special arrangement with mainland China formally ends, it may be because of a love story that ended in murder. On Sunday, several hundred thousand — possibly upward of one million — Hong Kong people marched to protest their government’s attempt to […]

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Tiananmen Anniversary Draws Silence in Beijing but Emotion in Hong Kong

BEIJING — Thirty years after Chinese soldiers killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators in Beijing and other cities, memories of the violence remain fraught, with China detaining activists, tightening censorship and denouncing calls for a full accounting of the bloodshed. Anniversaries of the crackdown around Tiananmen Square that began on the evening of June 3, […]

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The Death of Hong Kong as We Know It?

GÖTTINGEN, Germany — When the tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4, 1989, many Hong Kongers watched in horror on their TVs. A few days before, one million of them had marched in solidarity with the rebellious Chinese gathered in the square to ask for more liberalism and democracy from the Chinese […]

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