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
Photo: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters sleep at the entrance to government headquarters on Monday morning, as protests continue well into a second week. (ABC News: Sarah Clarke) Photo: A police officer sprays a pro-democracy protester in the face with pepper spray in Hong Kong. (AFP: Alex Ogle) Photo: Police forces arrest pro-democracy protesters outside the central government offices in on October 14. (AFP) Photo: Police remove a barricade at a protest site in Admiralty near the government headquarters in Hong Kong on October 14. (Reuters: Carlos Barria) Photo: A masked anti-Occupy Central protester holds pliers as he cuts cable ties at barricades setup as road blocks. (Reuters: Tyrone Siu) Photo: A small group of protesters continue to block a street in Hong Kong's Central district as protesters begin to leave the streets after a week of demonstrations. (ABC News: Sarah Clarke) Photo: A student walks past protest stickers on her way to a high school in central … [Read more...] about Hong Kong protests in pictures
Email By business reporters Simon Frazer and Michael Janda Updated September 29, 2014 15:04:56 Photo: The ASX has bounced back from steeper morning losses. (Dean Lewins, file photo: AAP) Map: Australia The Australian dollar and the local share market are losing ground, with the protests in Hong Kong adding to investor jitters.The Hong Kong share market has dropped steeply, with much of the city shut down or disrupted by large pro-democracy protests.The city's benchmark Hang Seng index was off almost 2 per cent to 23,220 around 3:00pm (AEST).Australia's dollar had fallen around 0.8 per cent against the greenback in response to the protests in part of its largest trading partner, slipping below 87 US cents for the first time since January.By that stage the market had recovered slightly from its losses earlier in the session.The All Ordinaries index was down 18 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 5,299, and the ASX 200 was also 18 points lower at 5,295.Among the banks, NAB was 0.9 … [Read more...] about Share market dollar fall on Hong Kong unrest