Hong Kong police arrested 11 more people in a second night of scuffles with demonstrators angry at having their 2-month-old pro-democracy protest camp in a volatile neighbourhood shut down, officials said today.
Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in a blow to those hoping to wrest greater political freedom from authorities in Beijing.
Scuffles erupted as Hong Kong authorities cleared part of a pro-democracy protest camp in the bustling district of Mong Kok on Tuesday following a court order to reopen a road, with several demonstrators taken away in police vans.
With authorities preparing to break up another pro-democracy protest camp site in Hong Kong on Tuesday, some demonstrators are planning a quick-grab rescue of yellow umbrellas, Pokemon posters, satirical sculptures and other street art.
The Philippines said on Saturday it had banned certain foreign journalists from the country over an incident last year, when President Benigno Aquino was taunted by a group of Hong Kong reporters during a visit to Indonesia.
Hong Kong`s pro-democracy protesters are at a crossroads -- as public support fades after nearly two months of mass sit-ins and gridlocked traffic, activists are split on whether to retreat or ramp up their campaign.
Last British Governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten, is to address a US government commission on Thursday on prospects for democracy in the territory, something likely to irritate Beijing which sees protests there as an internal matter.
Hong Kong police clashed with pro-democracy demonstrators Wednesday after a small group attempted to break into the city`s legislature, with tensions spiking as court-ordered clearances of protest sites get under way.
A small group of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters broke into the city`s legislature via a side door early on Wednesday, and police stopped others storming the building as tensions jumped following a period of calm.
A three-man delegation of Hong Kong`s pro-democracy demonstrators is expected to travel to Beijing Saturday to meet central government officials to request fully democratic elections in 2017, organisers said Friday.