HONG KONG | ‘Silent majority’ critical of protests

When Beijing cracked down on student protesters in Tiananmen Square in 1989, Bobby Yim was among many in Hong Kong who sympathized with the demonstrators and angrily denounced the Chinese

8 detained before ‘umbrella’ poetry event 

Chinese police detained a well-known poet and seven other people ahead of a poetry reading planned in Beijing to support pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, relatives of the detained said

HONG KONG | Demonstrators split on how to end crisis: Street voices

Demonstrations that had paralyzed parts of Hong Kong thinned yesterday after the start of talks with student leaders. Yet dozens of pro-democracy protesters continued to demonstrate yesterday outside the office

Retail chains see 50pct sales drop, survey shows

Sales at major Hong Kong retailer chains have fallen as much as 50 percent during the bulk of the Chinese National Day holidays after pro-democracy protests disrupted the shopping season,

HONG KONG | Protests thin as two sides agree to talk

Crowds of protesters who filled Hong Kong’s streets with demands for a greater say in choosing the territory’s leader thinned dramatically yesterday after student leaders and the government agreed to

HONG KONG | Protests shrink after tumultuous week

Student-led protests for democratic reforms in Hong Kong shrank yesterday but a few hundred demonstrators remained camped out in the streets, vowing to keep up the pressure until the government

Hong Kong | FireChat helps demonstrators overcome traffic jam

Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators finding it difficult to communicate over congested mobile-phone networks are downloading the application FireChat about 100,000 times a day in an effort to stay connected. Open Garden’s

Tiananmen legacy looms over Hong Kong protests 

The legacy of the 1989 crackdown in Tiananmen Square looms larger in Hong Kong than in mainland China, where the Communist Party has virtually erased all public mention of it. In

HONG KONG | Protesters at odds over pullback plan 

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists appeared divided after some agreed to remove some barriers blocking roads and sidewalks ahead of a deadline today set by the government and scale back their

HONG KONG | Democracy standoff reflects wide rifts in society

The story of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s top leader, is the type of rags-to-riches tale that is generally admired in this commercially-minded city. But Leung is deeply unpopular, thanks mainly

The Buzz | London passes HK as priciest city to employ staff

London surpassed Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive city for companies to locate employees after rents climbed and the pound appreciated against the dollar. London real estate costs, which

HONG KONG | Students boycott class in next phase of democracy battle 

Thousands of Hong Kong college and university students boycotted classes yesterday to protest Beijing’s decision to restrict voting reforms, the start of a weeklong strike that marks the latest phase

HONG KONG | Gov’t to spend USD14.2b on seven new rail routes

The total length of railways in Hong Kong will increase by about 38 percent to more than 300 kilometers when the new lines are completed in 2031, the government said

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