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Hong Kong civil servants show support for democracy protests

Hong Kong - Hong Kong civil servants have taken to Facebook to anonymously voice support for ongoing democracy protests on a public page that points to unease among some of those working at the heart of the city's government.

Freed Vietnam dissident arrives in US, vows fight

West Los Angeles - A leading Vietnamese dissident freed by Hanoi was mobbed by supporters late Tuesday as he arrived in the United States, vowing to fight for democracy and other detainees in his home country.

No end in sight for Hong Kong protests after talks

Hong Kong - Hong Kong student leaders said Wednesday they may shun further talks with the government, accusing it of failing to make any meaningful offers to end weeks of mass pro-democracy protests and roadblocks.

No breakthrough during Hong Kong protest talks

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's government held its first talks Tuesday with pro-democracy protest leaders but made no breakthrough in their bid to end three weeks of disruptive mass rallies which have posed a major challenge to Beijing.

Hong Kong protesters add helmets to their umbrellas

Hong Kong - When Anson Lau first joined Hong Kong's pro-democracy rallies he carried little more than a raincoat and a bottle of water.

Hong Kong officials, democracy protesters hold first talks 

Hong Kong - Hong Kong authorities and pro-democracy protesters Tuesday held their first talks aimed at ending weeks of rallies that have paralysed parts of the city, after its leader ruled out major reforms.

'Foreign forces' at work in Hong Kong protests, says leader

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader on Sunday said "foreign forces" were at work in the pro-democracy movement that has paralysed parts of the city, as demonstrators accused police of using excessive violence during ugly clashes.

Hong Kong police charge leaves protesters injured

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police charged protesters gathered at a barricade early Sunday, leaving many requiring medical treatment just hours after the government confirmed talks aimed at ending three weeks of pro-democracy rallies.

HK govt to open talks with democracy protesters next week

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's government has said it will open talks with student demonstrators on Tuesday, after three nights of violent clashes between police and protesters who have paralysed parts of the city with mass pro-democracy rallies.

Multiple arrests as Hong Kong demonstrators retake protest camp

Hong Kong - Riot police clashed violently with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong Saturday as demonstrators reoccupied a camp mostly cleared the previous day, leading to multiple arrests and jeopardising talks aimed at ending a political stalemate.

Clashes as demonstrators try to take back Hong Kong protest camp

Hong Kong - Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong Friday night as pro-democracy demonstrators attempted to take back a protest camp in a densely populated suburb that had been partially cleared by police earlier in the day.

HK leader reopens talks offer after police brutality video

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's embattled leader made a dramatic u-turn Thursday, reopening his offer of talks with student protesters a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending more than a fortnight of mass pro-democracy rallies.

U.S. calls for swift probe into Hong Kong police brutality

Hong Kong - The United States has called for a "swift, transparent and complete" investigation into the beating of a handcuffed Hong Kong democracy protester by plainclothes police, as fresh street clashes broke out early Thursday.

HK legal chief says govt 'impartial' on police brutality

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's justice chief insisted Wednesday that any prosecution of plainclothes officers who were filmed beating a handcuffed protester would be handled impartially, as fresh clashes broke out on the city's streets.

Police brutality video at Hong Kong protest sparks outrage

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police came under fire Wednesday after plainclothes officers were filmed beating and kicking a handcuffed protester during some of the worst clashes since mass pro-democracy rallies erupted over two weeks ago.

Hong Kong police beat back protesters in violent clashes

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police and protesters clashed early Wednesday, with dozens of officers in riot gear using pepper spray on activists in some of the most violent scenes since pro-democracy demonstrations began more than a fortnight ago.

Hong Kong police in fresh assault on protest barricades

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police vowed Tuesday to tear down more street barricades manned by pro-democracy protesters, hours after hundreds of officers armed with chainsaws and boltcutters partially cleared two major roads occupied for a fortnight.

Police remove barricades at second Hong Kong protest site

Hong Kong - Dozens of police removed barricades from a second Hong Kong protest site on Tuesday, a day after a similar attempt at the city's main occupied area largely backfired as demonstrators rebuilt and reinforced their defences.

Hong Kong police start removing protest barricades

Hong Kong - Hong Kong police Monday removed some barricades at sites where pro-democracy demonstrators have been holding more than two weeks of rallies, allowing light traffic to move through some previously paralysed parts of the Chinese financial hub.

Hong Kong leader says democracy protests have 'almost zero chance'

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters have an "almost zero chance" of changing Beijing's stance and securing free elections despite more than two weeks of rallies, the city's embattled leader Leung Chun-ying said Sunday.

Pro-government group threaten to surround H.K. protest sites

Hong Kong - A Hong Kong pro-government group said Saturday demonstrators occupying main roads to protest for full democracy would find themselves surrounded if the city's administration failed to clear the barricades.

Hong Kong democracy protesters digging in for long haul

Hong Kong - Thousands of pro-democracy supporters took to Hong Kong's streets Friday night after protest leaders implored them to dig in for the long haul following the collapse of talks with the government.

New vision for Hong Kong? Protest site becomes traffic-free oasis

Hong Kong - Pedestrianised streets, al fresco art, urban picnic zones and recycling points have become part of the landscape in central Hong Kong as a result of mass protests -- and some residents would like to keep it that way, regardless of their politics.

Hong Kong protest leaders vow to 'stay on the streets'

Hong Kong - Hong Kong pro-democracy protest leaders pledged to stay on the streets Wednesday in a bid to keep pressure on the government ahead of already fraught talks on political reform.

Hong Kong, the golden goose Beijing cannot sacrifice

Beijing - Hong Kong's democracy protests have stoked fears of retribution from China, but observers say the city is simply too valuable to punish and sideline, even as it faces a long-term challenge from mainland rival Shanghai.

Hong Kong protest numbers dwindle as talks make slow progress

Hong Kong - Small groups of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong's streets Tuesday after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government and students returned to school for exams.

Hong Kong activists agree to talks as protests shrink

Hong Kong - Hong Kong protest leaders said late Monday they had agreed to hold talks with the government as their numbers dwindled and they faced growing pressure to end their pro-democracy sit-in.

HK protesters refuse to budge as deadline to clear streets arrives

Hong Kong - Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters remained stubbornly encamped on the streets as dawn broke on Monday, just hours before a government deadline to clear key thoroughfares they have blockaded for more than a week.

Hong Kong protesters divided as deadline looms to clear streets

Hong Kong - Pro-democracy demonstrators stood divided Sunday over whether to withdraw from protest sites across Hong Kong, hours before a government deadline to clear key roads they have blockaded for the last week.

Riot police fight back Hong Kong demonstrators

Hong Kong - Fresh clashes broke out at Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests early Sunday with riot police using batons and pepper spray to fight back demonstrators, as student leaders reopened the door to talks with the government.
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