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?
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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 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
Hong Kong police used pepper spray and made multiple arrests on Sunday as small groups of black-clad pro-democracy protesters targeted some of the city’s malls, ending a rare lull in violence.Flashmob protests and vandalism broke out in multiple locations, prompting riot police to use pepper spray and make arrests in at least two shopping centres as members of the public heckled the officers.AFP reporters in a Sha Tin mall saw a secondary school girl and a 16-year-old boy arrested, the pair shouting out their details as officers led them away.Earlier in the afternoon an elderly woman was knocked over in the same mall after a fight broke out when a shopper tried to stop protesters from spraying graffiti.Masked activists had also trashed restaurants run by Maxim’s, a catering giant owned by a tycoon that has become a frequent target because his daughter has criticised the pro-democracy movement.The skirmishes are the first to break out in three weeks.Hong Kong has been … [Read more...] about Calm broken as clashes break out in Hong Kong malls
HONG KONG: Small groups of anti-government protesters gathered in shopping malls across Hong Kong on Sunday amid sporadic scuffles with riot police, with Chief Executive Carrie Lam away on a visit to Beijing. In the peak shopping season ahead of Christmas, groups of masked protesters, clad in black, marched through malls chanting slogans including "Fight for freedom" and "Return justice to us". In the Telford Plaza mall in Kowloon Bay, skirmishes broke out with riot police, who used pepper spray on crowds and wrestled several people to the ground before taking them away. In Shatin, police fired one tear gas canister outside the New Town Plaza mall, and took away several people, according to media reports, after some entrances and walkways were blocked, glass panels smashed, and graffiti sprayed. The police said in a statement that some shops had been damaged and that a smoke bomb had been set off. Many shops closed early. Hong Kong has been embroiled in its worst political crisis in … [Read more...] about Hong Kong mall protests flare with leader Carrie Lam in Beijing