2014年9月29日 星期一

不屈的香港人 (3):香港人好嘢!These are the people. Crackdown Draws More to the Streets中國民眾打破審查談香港「佔中」Tear gas and clashes at democracy protest

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"The government must awaken that this is the Hong Kong people. These are not their enemies, these are the people."
KEVIN CHAN, a 48-year-old factory manager, one of tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters who clashed with the police in Hong Kong.

Crackdown on Protests by Hong Kong Police Draws More to the Streets

By CHRIS BUCKLEY and ALAN WONG

Downtown Hong Kong turned into a battlefield of tear gas and seething crowds on Sunday after the police moved against a student democracy protest.

【佔領街頭】
截至晚上8時半,中環、金鐘、灣仔、銅鑼灣等多個佔領點,集會群眾人數已超過13萬。
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香港好美。
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【佔中即時】(19:34) 夏愨道現場群眾一起揮動閃光燈,高呼「梁振英下台」,高唱《海闊天空》!
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香港獨立媒體網新增了 3 張相片。
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〈旺角站台:香港人好嘢!〉
【佔中即時】(18:26) 多人到佔領旺角現場聲援示威者,立法會議員毛孟靜叫示威者一起舉起雙手,表現所有集會人士都是和平。她指場地不屬政黨或任何人指揮,「香港人自己是主場!」,大家自發行動,「香港人驕傲!香港人好嘢!」
保衛香港自由聯盟韓連山聲音沙啞高叫「香港人好嘢!」,他指香港人的共同願望是重奪政府,香港人已覺醒,昨日警察已方寸大亂,才亂出催淚彈。
律師任建峰指,很多人指責年輕人現在做違法的事,「但誰先違法?是人大違基本法先!我們要同反公義的人爭長命!」任表示被年輕人感動,流過幾次淚,指他們是香港人驕傲。
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中國官媒噤聲 民眾打破審查談香港「佔中」

2014年 9月 28日分享中國官方媒體對香港「佔中」保持沉默,但網民卻在談論

中國官方媒體至今並沒有發表任何有關香港「佔中」行動已經開始的報道,而微博上對有關消息的屏蔽和審查也非常嚴格。

BBC中文網記者在新華社、人民網等官方媒體網站上完全看不到任何相關報道,而在中國一些受歡迎的的門戶及媒體網站上例如新浪、騰訊及鳳凰網上也看不到有關消息。

但記者在新浪博客上則發現了新浪香港記者朱莉寫的一篇博文,題目是《香港「佔領中環」提前啟動》。

此外,BBC中文網記者在新浪微博上檢索「香港+佔中行動」,則出現「根據相關法律和法規,有關檢索結果未予顯示」的字樣,顯示有關方面屏蔽了有關詞匯。

BBC中文網記者在微博上以「香港+中環」檢索的的話,發現檢索時間比往常所花的時間要長,而且絕大部分結果都是與佔中行動無關的新聞,但也會看見數則有關香港佔中行動的留言。其中一位網友留言說:「2014(9月28日)凌晨1:30。。。。香港中環。。。。永載史冊。。。。」

還有一位網友表示:「老朽靜靜的觀察了幾天,得出一個結論:香港警察與大陸警察已經沒有差別。所以老朽在想,中環會不會最後也被Tank佔領?」

也有一位網友以繁體字留言支持政府說,「9月28日 星期日,半夜傳出佔領中環行動突然啟動,對於有組織試圖煽動群眾,企圖擾亂香港秩序,希望政府能盡快清場,及支持警方以適當的方式去執法。各位早安!」

(撰稿:李文/責編:董樂)28 September 2014 Last updated at 17:09

The BBC's Carrie Gracie reports from the heart of the protest

Hong Kong police have used tear gas to disperse thousands of pro-democracy protesters near the government complex, after a week of escalating tensions.


Dozens of demonstrators were arrested, with hundreds vowing to stay put to continue the protest.


Protesters want the Chinese government to scrap rules allowing it to vet Hong Kong's top leader in the 2017 poll.


Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung said the demonstration was "illegal" and elections would go ahead as planned.


China has also condemned the protest, and offered "its strong backing" to the Hong Kong government.


The broader Occupy Central protest movement threw its weight behind the student-led protests on Sunday, bringing forward a mass civil disobedience campaign due to start on Wednesday.

Regrouping


Protesters blocked a busy thoroughfare that runs through the heart of Hong Kong's financial district on Sunday, clashing with police as they tried to join a mass sit-in outside government headquarters.


Police used pepper spray and repeatedly shot tear gas into the air to drive back the protesters from the busy Connaught Road. Protesters used umbrellas and face masks to defend themselves.


Many protesters remained in one of central Hong Kong's main avenues on Sunday evening


Crowds of protesters were earlier dispersed by volleys of tear gas but later returned


As evening fell, the police lobbed tear gas canisters into the crowd, scattering some of the protesters. But many of the demonstrators regrouped and retreated to a nearby park.


According to the AFP news agency, some 3,000 protesters blocked a second major thoroughfare in the Mongkok district of Kowloon late on Sunday.




At the scene: Juliana Liu, Hong Kong correspondent


After clashes with police earlier in the week, pro-democracy protesters appeared to be much better prepared on Sunday.


Many arrived sporting raincoats or wrapped in plastic with swimming goggles over their eyes - items chosen to protest against the sting of tear gas and pepper spray.


Still, there was surprise and chaos when the first round of tear gas was fired in the early evening. Thousands of people ran for cover when the canisters hit the ground, spewing white smoke and a distinctively sharp smell into the air.


I was helped by a middle-aged couple who noticed my growing baby bump and were concerned for my health. They pressed a water-soaked blue handkerchief into my face to reduce the amount of tear gas I would breath in. But they disappeared before I could thank them properly.


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The BBC's Jiuliana Liu says the situation on the ground is "extremely chaotic" and that protesters show no sign of dispersing





The student organisers behind the protest, the Hong Kong Federation of Students, have appealed for students to retreat due to fears that police could use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.


A co-organiser of Occupy Central, Chan Kin-man, says he supports the students' decision.


Police said they had arrested 78 people on Sunday on charges of "forcible entry into government premises, unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct in public place, assaulting public officers and obstructing police officers in due execution of duties".


It comes after the arrest of more than 70 people in Saturday's protests, including prominent student activist leader Joshua Wong, who has since been released.


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Chief Executive CY Leung said the government was "resolute in opposing the unlawful occupation" by protesters


Thousands joined a sit-in organised by students outside government headquarters this weekend, bolstering a week-old protest, which began as a strike by students calling for democratic reforms.


Occupy Central had originally planned to paralyse the central business district next Wednesday, but organisers advanced the protest and changed the location in an apparent bid to harness momentum from student protests.


The announcement came early on Sunday, with a statement by the movement saying Mr Leung had "failed to deliver on political reform".


But speaking in his first public statement since the protests began, Mr Leung said that he and his government had "been listening attentively to members of [the] public".


He said that political consultations would continue on the planned changes but warned that "resolute" action would be taken against the "illegal demonstration".


Umbrellas were used by activists to avoid the effects of tear gas and pepper spray


The main thoroughfare in central Hong Kong was blocked for several kilometres in each direction


Students and activists have been camped outside the government premises all weekend


The protesters had also called for further talks but it is not clear how far - if at all - Mr Leung's mention of further consultations will be seen as recognising their demands.


A spokesman for China's Hong Kong and Macau affairs office said that Beijing "firmly opposes all illegal activities that could undermine rule of law and jeopardise 'social tranquillity' and it offers its strong backing" to the Hong Kong government, Xinhua news agency reports.


Police protected a cordon outside the government offices on Saturday night


Unrest began when the Chinese government announced that candidates for the 2017 chief executive election would first have to be approved by a nominating committee.


Activists have argued that this does not amount to true democracy.




Hong Kong democracy timeline
1984: Britain and China sign an agreement where Hong Kong is guaranteed "a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs" for 50 years following the handover in 1997.
2004: China rules that its approval must be sought for changes to Hong Kong's election laws.
2008: China says it will consider allowing direct elections by 2017.
June-July 2014: Pro-democracy activists hold an unofficial referendum on political reform and a large rally. This is followed by protests by pro-Beijing activists.
31 August 2014: China says it will allow direct elections in 2017, but voters will only be able to choose from a list of pre-approved candidates. Activists stage protests.
22 September 2014: Student groups launch a week-long boycott of classes in protest.


Q&A: Hong Kong's democracy controversy
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