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Free Hong Kong: The Thirst for Democracy

Joshua Wong shakes hands with NTD Television reporter Ben Hedges after an interview at the Central District protest site in Hong Kong on Nov. 12, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Joshua Wong shakes hands with NTD Television reporter Ben Hedges after an interview at the Central District protest site in Hong Kong on Nov. 12, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

In this episode of A Foreigner’s View of China, Ben Hedges returns to his birthplace, Hong Kong. After seeing images of the student protests on television,...




  • Gary Yeung who is the resource center coordinator at the Occupy Central site in the Central District of Hong Kong. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Faces of Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement: The Resource Suppliers

    HONG KONG—On the front page of a recent edition of China Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece to the English-speaking world, much was made of... Read more

  • Qing Lam at Occupy Central in Hong Kong on Oct. 20. Lam assumed the responsibility of managing all of the recycling since the start of the protest. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    The Faces of Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement: Cleaning the Toilets

    HONG KONG—By day Mrs. Li, 52, works as a purchasing manager at a Chinese shipping firm. At night, she cleans toilets. “After work I come... Read more

  • Tong at Occupy Central in Hong Kong on. Tong set up the study corner at Occupy Central on his own so the students can do their homework and study while taking part in the protest at the same time. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    The Faces of Hong Kong’s Occupy Movement: Study Time

    HONG KONG— “Tong,” as he wanted to be identified, is in his last year of high school—at a well-known institution in Hong Kong that is... Read more

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    WATCH: More Than 10 Hong Kong Police Violently Nab Protester in Mong Kok on Nov. 6

    Hong Kong police were caught violently apprehending an Occupy Central protester on Thursday, Nov. 6. At Argyle Street, Mong Kok, police and pro-democracy protesters were... Read more

  • Thousands of people hold umbrellas as they wave their cell phones in the air while a song about the protest plays at the Central District in Hong Kong on Oct. 28, 2014. Today marked one month of the protests after the police launched tear gas at the protesters sparking thousands more to join. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Under the Umbrella: A Hong Kong Occupy Central Photo Montage

    For more than a month now, Epoch Times photographer Ben Chasteen has been pounding the streets of Hong Kong. Trusty camera in hand, Ben snaps... Read more

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    WATCH: Anti-Occupy Central Member Stabs Umbrella Movement Protester

    An anti-Occupy Central member was caught stabbing a pro-democracy supporter on Wednesday, Oct. 22. At about 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, a group of middle-aged... Read more

  • Police forces arrest pro-democracy protesters outside the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 14, 2014. Hong Kong police vowed October 14 to tear down more street barricades manned by pro-democracy protesters, hours after hundreds of officers armed with chainsaws and boltcutters partially cleared two major roads occupied for a fortnight. (PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

    Hong Kong Police Violence See Reporters and Protesters Injured, Intimidated (+Photos, Video)

    Day 18 of the Umbrella Revolution got off to a violent start as Hong Kong police start to clear out peaceful pro-democracy protestors. The police... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters smile as they listen to a man lead the group into a song in the Central District of Hong Kong on Oct. 7, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Hong Kong Students Say Talks With Government Will Begin on Friday

    HONG KONG—A third day of “preliminary talks” between student leaders and government officials has borne fruit, however humble, with a joint announcement late Tuesday evening... Read more

  • A man (C) pushes towards pro-democracy protesters while several protesters try to hold him back in the Mong Kok district in Hong Kong on Oct. 4, 2014. (Song Xianglong/Epoch Times)

    Pro-CCP Groups and Mainland Chinese Oppose Occupy Central in Hong Kong

    Speculation has been rife about who the individuals are that are violently opposing the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Starting on Sept. 28, tens of... Read more

  • A protester walks around with a sign in the Central District of Hong Kong on Oct. 6, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Student Talks With Government Edge Forward in Hong Kong (+ Photos)

    HONG KONG—The teenagers and young adults that have become the de facto leaders of Hong Kong’s decentralized protests concluded a second “preliminary discussion” with government... Read more

  • On Oct. 3, individuals opposing Occupy Central targeted peaceful protesters in the Mong Kok District and some female protesters were assaulted and sexually harassed. (Poon Zai-shu/Epoch Times)

    Violence in Hong Kong Has Ties to Beijing

    HONG KONG—The violent protesters opposing Occupy Central who have assaulted students and sexually harassed female protesters have ties to Beijing, according to Hongkongers. “It is... Read more

  • Pro-democracy students set up the statue 'Umbrella Man' created by the Hong Kong artist known as Milk, in the Central District of Hong Kong on Oct. 5, 2014. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Hong Kong Students Dig In on Deadline to Leave

    HONG KONG—On the eve that Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying had demanded that they were supposed to peacefully disperse from their occupation of the... Read more

  • In the wee hours on Oct. 1, students in their raincoats fell asleep in the Admiralty district, Hong Kong. Students withstood heavy rain earlier as they continued to fight for two demands: the resignation of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and an apology from the National People’s Congress for denying Hong Kong universal suffrage. (Man Hon-lum/Epoch Times)

    Scenes From Occupy Central, Hong Kong

    Here are a few photos showing the students protesting for universal suffrage in Hong Kong, during the night of Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Please see the... Read more


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