Wherever the Hong Kong protests end up, whether in some minor concession by Beijing, direct intervention by authorities or, most likely, the gradual retreat of the demonstrators, the street action will leave the political career of Chief Executive CY Leung on the brink of ruin and that of President Xi Jinping damaged.
KONFRONTASI - Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has rejected a demand by demonstrators to step down amid escalating protests against election law in the Chinese territory.
Leung, however, said on Thursday that his administration is ready to hold talks with the protesters.
"The Hong Kong government is always willing to discuss the (political) reforms," he said.
The comments came after some protesters issued an ultimatum to Leung to resign "until the end of the day Thursday" or they would "occupy government buildings.”
KONFRONTASI - Beijing has warned the United States against any meddling in Hong Kong where pro-democracy protesters continue their rallies, saying China will not tolerate illegal acts in its territory.
“The Chinese government has very firmly and clearly stated its position. Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his American counterpart John Kerry in Washington on Wednesday.
“All countries should respect China’s sovereignty and this is a basic principle of governing international relations,” Wang said.
KONFRONTASI - Menteri Luar (Menlu) Negeri China Wang Yi mengeluarkan peringatan keras terhadap semua aksi protes ilegal di Hong Kong. Wang juga memperingatkan bahwa aksi protes di Hong Kong merupakan persoalan dalam negeri China.
Peringatan itu disampaikannya saat berkunjung ke Washington, menanggapi kritik dari sejumlah negara Barat. Menlu Amerika Serikat (AS) John Kerry, sebelumnya mendesak Hong Kong untuk menahan diri dalam menghadapi pengunjuk rasa.
KONFRONTASI - Hong Kong protest leaders have threatened to step up their action unless the region’s chief executive resigns by the end of Thursday.
The anti-election law protest leaders said Wednesday that if Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying does not step down by the deadline they would escalate their movement.
Student leaders of the protest said they would occupy several important government buildings, if their demands are not met.
HONG KONG- With the Occupy Central campaign having entered the fourth day with the protests still alive, the movement has now gone in a new direction, transformed into what is being called the “Umbrella Revolution,” a name that transcends the “Occupy” phenomenon and gives it a broader identity. So what are the scenarios that we can expect to play out from here?
HONG KONG- “Occupy Central” protests in Hong Kong continue on – destabilizing the small southern Chinese island famous as an international hub for corporate-financier interests, and before that, the colonial ambitions of the British Empire. Those interests have been conspiring for years to peel the island away from Beijing after it was begrudgingly returned to China in the late 1990′s, and use it as a springboard to further destabilize mainland China.
As protesters flood the streets of Hong Kong demanding free elections in 2017, the international media puts on its usual spin, characterizing the struggle as one between an authoritarian state and citizens who want to be free. The left, meanwhile, has remained notably silent on the issue. It’s not immediately clear if that goes down to an inability to understand the situation, to an unwillingness to stand for supposedly liberal values, or to a reluctance to criticize China.
KONFRONTASI-Tiongkok, Selasa (30/9) menyebut unjukrasa pro-demokrasi di Hongkong tidak sah, sementara media pemerintah menegaskan Beijing tidak akan menyerah tetapi menunggu opini publik untuk melawan protes itu.
Puluhan ribu orang, yang berada di pusat bisnis internasional, berikrar tidak akan menghentikan blokade-blokade mereka di jalan hingga pihak berwenang Beijing memberi mereka pemilihan demokratis untuk memilih pemimpin mereka.
KONFRONTASI - Para pengunjuk rasa Selasa menolak tuntutan segera mengakhiri aksi-aksi mereka yang telah melumpuhkan pusat kota itu.
Jumlah mereka membengkak untuk malam ketiga sebelum libur nasional yang diperkirakan akan memperkeras kampanye bagi pemilihan bebas, lapor AFP.
Para pemimpin protes yakin mereka akan mampu mengendalikan kerumunan Selasa malam dan Rabu untuk libur Hari Nasional, yang tahun ini menandai ulang tahun ke-65 berdirinya Tiongkok Komunis.