Quantcast
Connect with us

Protesters stage anti-government rally in Hong Kong

Published

on

HONG KONG — Several hundred protesters rallied outside the headquarters of Hong Kong’s law-making body on Wednesday against government plans to scrap by-elections.

Activists from the People Power movement pumped their fists into the air and chanted slogans outside the city’s legislative council, shouting: “Respect the right to vote.”

“The right to vote is a basic human right. The government should not try to stop by-elections,” the group’s spokesman told AFP.

Hong Kong’s economy is booming but its government is facing an increasingly angry public frustrated with its policies and soaring property prices, and analysts warn the discontent is set to rise.

Nearly 220,000 people hit the streets on July 1, according to organisers, to vent their anger at a slew of issues, in the city’s biggest rally in seven years, showing the deepening unpopularity of Chief Executive Donald Tsang.

Officials quickly shelved a controversial by-election bill in the wake of the rally, amid a chorus of criticism that Hong Kong was bowing to Beijing.

ADVERTISEMENT

The shelved proposal stemmed from the resignation of five lawmakers last year, which triggered by-elections seen as an unofficial referendum to pressure Beijing to speed up electoral reform in the southern Chinese city.

Meanwhile, up to a hundred protesters from another political group marched from the legislative council building to government headquarters in downtown Hong Kong, chanting: “I have the right to vote.”

The group, which was involved in a stand-off with the police that lasted hours, also called for the resignation of the city’s Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs, Stephen Lam.

Police presence along the march route was heavy.

The former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997 but it retains a semi-autonomous status, maintaining its own political and legal system.

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘Quit trying to make Jared happen’: Ivanka ripped for praising her husband’s DOA peace plan for the Middle East

Published

on

First daughter and senior White House advisor Ivanka Trump was mercilessly ridiculed on Tuesday after praising the so-called "peace plan" for the Middle East created by her husband, Jared Kushner.

The couple, known as Javanka, have been highly criticized for having had no government experience prior to joining the administration and needing presidential intervention after being unable to obtain security clearances.

Ivanka tweeted a quote from her husband at the "Peace to Prosperity workshop today in Bahrain" and urged her Twitter followers to watch his full speech.

Kushner's plan was rejected by the Palestinians before even being released.

Continue Reading

Facebook

Palestinians ‘not willing to give up their misery’, Israeli historian says

Published

on

The Palestinian leadership should sign on to the US economic development plan and worry about their political status later, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Historian Gaudi Taub told FRANCE 24.

The Palestinian leadership should sign on to the US economic development plan and worry about their political status later, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Historian Gaudi Taub told FRANCE 24.

Palestinians are wrong to reject the $50 million US blueprint to rebuild the Palestinian economy, which US Presidential advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner said is a precondition to peace in the region, Taub said.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

Published

on

Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH 

Trump endorses killing journalists, like Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Online ad networks are now targeting sites that cover acts of violence against dissidents, LGBTQ people and people of color.

Learn how you can help.
close-link