Tens of thousands of demonstrators will march in Hong Kong on Monday, calling for greater democracy and action to narrow the wealth gap, as city leader Leung Chun- ying battles near record-low popularity.
Tens of thousands of people defied heavy rain in Hong Kong yesterday to march on the 16th anniversary of the city’s handover to China to demand the government address a widening wealth gap and introduce broader democracy.
Hong Kong’s decision to let Edward Snowden leave despite a U.S. warrant for his arrest spared the city a legal battle that would have left it trapped between the competing interests of Chinese and American leaders.
China ended its undeclared embargo of exports of crucial strategic minerals to the U.S., Europe and Japan, although shipments to Japan still encountered difficulties, the New York Times reported, citing four unidentified rare earth industry officials.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pledged to punish abuse of power by officials and narrow the growing wealth gap as police blanketed Beijing and Shanghai to head off planned protests inspired by revolts in the Middle East.
Shanghai said it’s increasing the frequency of water quality checks after the number of dead pigs found upriver from China’s largest commercial city more than doubled from the previous tally to almost 6,000.