Confrontation between protesters and police turned violent once again early Sunday morning in Hong Kong. As Reuters reports, the pro-democracy movement, which has been demonstrating for the past three weeks, launched a new attack in spite of news that the movement’s leaders and members of Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing government would meet next week.
Hong Kong's Beijing-approved chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, has agreed to new talks with the student protesters occupying major thoroughfares of the city on the heels of a viral video of plainclothes police officers beating handcuffed activist Ken Tsang. "As long as students or other sectors in Hong Kong are prepared to focus on this issue, yes we are ready, we are prepared to start the dialogue," Leung told reporters.
Hong Kong's Beijing-approved chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, will speak with protesters that have occupied the city's major thoroughfares for the past week. The group, a coalition of university students and other pro-democracy advocates, have decried Beijing's decision to vet candidates in elections and have demanded for Leung to resign. While protests and demonstrations began with great fervor last weekend, numbers are beginning to wane in some districts.
Hong Kong's Beijing-approved leader, Leung Chun-ying, has called for an end of the pro-democracy demonstrations being held in the semiautonomous city by tens of thousands of its citizens. He has taken specific aim at Occupy Central With Love and Peace, one of the two major organizing groups, saying, "Occupy Central founders had said repeatedly that if the movement is getting out of control, they would call for it to stop. I'm now asking them to fulfill the promise they made to society and stop this campaign immediately."
A new death-defying trend has emerged across the globe where daredevils have decided selfies at brunch and at girls' night are no longer cool enough: skyscrapers and monuments are the real deal. Three people (reportedly teens) climbed up a 1,135-foot skyscraper in Hong Kong and just hung out, eating bananas.
Police try to stop a man throwing "ghost money" into Hong Kong's Chinese liaison office on Tuesday to mark the 25th anniversary of China's June 4 crackdown on Tiananmen Square. The banners read, "Stop one-party rule in China," "Memorial," and "Demand accountability for the massacre." Image via Kin Cheung/AP.
On Sunday morning, Edward Snowden boarded an Aeroflot flight in Hong Kong, landing in Moscow more than 13 hours later. We think. The truth is, no one's quite sure where the NSA leaker is—Moscow? Havana? Quito? Reykjavik? (He's not on Aeroflot Flight 180, we know that much.) But we can reconstruct his movements—and speculate where he's headed.
The U.S. has charged NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden with espionage for leaking classified information to the Guardian and the Washington Post. According to the Post, the charges have been filed in Virginia. The U.S. has asked Hong Kong to detain Snowden, who coincidentally celebrates his 30th birthday today.