Email By Nicolas Perpitch Updated September 29, 2014 18:48:02 Photo: Hong Kong students protest outside the Chinese consulate in Perth. (Nicolas Perpitch) Map: East Perth 6004 Protesters outside Perth's Chinese consulate are calling for an end to police violence in a show of support for the pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong.About 250 people, mainly Hong Kong students, gathered in front of the large steel gates at the East Perth consulate and demanded real democracy in the former British territory. The protest came as tens of thousands of demonstrators blocked streets in Hong Kong's central business district calling for free elections.Hong Kong police last night fired tear gas, charged the protesters with batons and used pepper spray as they tried to break up the Occupy Central movement.Government schools, banks and other businesses have closed as the protests entered their second week.In Perth, protesters dressed in black held up placards denouncing "Hong Kong … [Read more...] about Hong Kong students protest outside Chinese consulate in Perth
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Email By Huey Fern Tay in Beijing Updated September 30, 2014 22:20:10 Photo: Some of the demonstrators brought umbrellas with them to shield themselves from the hot sun and pepper spray. (AFP: Aaron Tam) Related Story: Hong Kong leader demands protests end 'immediately' Related Story: Hong Kong protesters continue to block city streets The student-led pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that have been dubbed the "umbrella revolution", gained momentum when the leader of a separate civil disobedience campaign announced a blockade would begin earlier than expected.Benny Tai, one of the leaders of the Occupy Central movement, declared to loud cheers they would carry out a long-standing threat to paralyse the heart of the major financial hub.The number of protesters swelled as the day went on. Some of the demonstrators brought umbrellas with them to shield themselves from the hot sun and pepper spray. Photo: Laura Chung is among a team of Hong Kong … [Read more...] about Hong Kong student “umbrella revolution” movement takes to social media to separate fact from fiction in pro-democracy protests
Email By Alan Weedon Posted December 15, 2019 06:37:47 Photo: Hong Kong's railway expertise is found around the globe, including in Melbourne and Sydney. (ABC News: GFX/Jarrod Fankhauser) Related Story: Violence spreads across Hong Kong New Territories on 24th weekend of unrest Related Story: Driverless trains are being embraced around the world — what could go wrong? Related Story: Sydney's driverless Metro train line opens, but the doors don't Map: Hong Kong In 2009, Melburnians were promised a rail network that would be akin to that of Hong Kong's — reliable, on time, and one that could keep up with a rapidly growing population. Key points: Hong Kong's subway operator, MTR, has been criticised by pro-democracy protesters It is a part of Australian franchises that run rail services in Sydney and MelbournePro-democracy advocates say Australia should reconsider its links to MTR That was because Hong Kong's majority state-owned Mass Transit Railway (MTR) … [Read more...] about Hong Kong’s rail operator MTR is under fire from protesters — could it impact Australian services?
A Hong Kong Airlines passenger plane taxies on the tarmac at Hong Kong Airport in Hong Kong, China (Photo: Reuters) Singapore (VNA) – Singapore state investor Temasek Holdings has showed interest in buying Chinese conglomerate HNA’s Hong Kong-based carriers, namely Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways. Last week, Temasek, the majority shareholder in Singapore Airlines Ltd, and HNA, an aviation-to-financial services conglomerate, agreed to explore business partnerships in aviation and logistics. HNA is looking to raise funds for the Hong Kong airlines and Temasek is a potential investor. A stake in Hong Kong airlines is expected to help Temasek get an aviation foothold closer to mainland China. Corrine Png, the chief executive of Crucial Perspective, a transport research firm, estimated that Hong Kong Airlines would be valued at about 1.1 billion USD and HK Express at some 300 million USD. Hong Kong Airlines has 37 mostly wide-body jets with 24 more on … [Read more...] about Singapore’s Temasek mull stakes in Hong Kong’s airlines
TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Taiwan's top diplomat said Tuesday that his government stands with Hong Kong citizens pushing for "freedom and democracy," and would help those displaced from the semi-autonomous Chinese city if Beijing intervenes with greater force to quell the protests. Speaking to The Associated Press in the capital, Taipei, Foreign Minister Joseph Wu was careful to say his government has no desire to intervene in Hong Kong's internal affairs, and that existing legislation is sufficient to deal with a relatively small number of Hong Kong students or others seeking to reside in Taiwan. But he added that Hong Kong police have already responded with "disproportionate force" to the protests. He said that any intervention by mainland Chinese forces would be "a new level of violence" that would prompt Taiwan to take a different stance in helping those seeking to leave Hong Kong. Chinese paramilitary forces have deployed to the Chinese city of Shenzhen, just outside Hong Kong, since the … [Read more...] about AP Interview: Taiwan May Help if Hong Kong Violence Expands