Political Unrest
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Undeterred for democracy

Hong Kong | As a Hong Kong court sends four democracy activists to prison, their supporters vow to carry on the fight for free elections
by June Cheng
Posted 4/25/19, 11:48 am

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside Hong Kong’s largest prison, Lai Chi Kok Reception Center, Wednesday night at a candlelight vigil for the four pro-democracy activists sentenced to prison earlier in the day. Supporters wore yellow shirts that read, “I was not incited”: Some of the activists were convicted of antiquated “incitement to incite” public nuisance charges, according to Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP). 

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Defender of Hong Kong

Democracy | One pastor’s journey from life on the streets to the head of pro-democracy protests
by June Cheng
Posted 4/24/19, 03:55 pm

As buses rumbled by and tourists jostled past, a procession of 400 people solemnly walked the streets of Hong Kong on March 30, at times singing hymns, at times silent. At the front of the crowd strode a 75-year-old Baptist pastor with white hair. Chu Yiu-ming, a longtime democracy activist, walked with his head slightly bowed, his face sorrowful, pacing in the shadow of a wooden cross carried by a fellow marcher.

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Notre Dame donations enflame protests

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/20/19, 11:24 am

French yellow vest protesters marched through Paris on Saturday to demand economic reforms to help the working poor as the government prepares to rebuild the fire-ravaged Notre Dame Cathedral. The $1 billion in donations that has poured in to restore the iconic Paris landmark, which sustained heavy damage in a fire Monday, has angered many French people who struggle to make ends meet. Some protesters set small fires and threw rocks at police, who responded with tear gas in the Place de la Republique.

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