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November 22, 2014 No Comments

Escaping China: the perilous journey of the Uighurs

Until a secret raid on a moonless night in March, Major-General Thatchai Pitaneelaboot thought he was getting a grip on the problem. After the incident, he had to think again.

The 46-year old police commander was handed one of the toughest jobs in Thai policing last year when he was made top immigration cop in southern part of the country. The region is nothing less than a jungle-covered transit lounge, frequented by brokers, smugglers, human traffickers, shadowy boatmen and the like.


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November 21, 2014 4 Comments

What’s a political awakening worth? #OccupyCentral protests near end

As the protest numbers dwindle, it’s time to take stock. If the demonstrators decide to pack up their tents, what will they have to show for their efforts?

November 19, 2014 5 Comments

‘Triads’ behind spike in Hong Kong protest violence, gang leader claims

A senior member of a one of Hong Kong’s notorious gangs tells Channel 4 News triad members receive money to disrupt the protest movement and the police do not try to stop them.

Hong Kong protests at a crossroads as authorities close in

Few people think the territory’s leaders – or their Chinese overlords in Beijing – are going to sit down and cut a deal with the protestors, but Hong Kong has changed.

November 18, 2014 2 Comments

Hong Kong: last stand for the student protesters?

Pro-democracy supporters struck camp in Hong Kong 52 days ago and have built themselves a village. Bailiffs have turned up to help with the government’s new “removal

October 17, 2014 No Comments

Hong Kong protests: ready for talk, nothing to talk about

We saw both two sides of Hong Kong’s intractable political crisis through the steely eyes of the protagonists yesterday afternoon.

October 14, 2014 No Comments

Hong Kong: barricades fall but expectations raised

They tried to force them out with tear gas. They tried to scare them out with talk of ‘dire consequences’. Now Hong Kong’s police have quietly moved in to strip away

October 6, 2014 No Comments

The powerful art behind Hong Kong’s protests

The main protest site in Hong Kong occupies a large inner-city motorway as well as side streets, bridges and squares and it has been turned into an extraordinary, open-air art gallery.

October 5, 2014 No Comments

Big stakes in Hong Kong – are these the final hours?

Will demonstrators return to work or stay out to prolong their protest? As China stiffens its tone, Hong Kong’s chief executive mulls a momentous decision.

October 3, 2014 2 Comments

Hong Kong clashes break out after counter-protest

I am standing next to a hundred or so student protestors who look very young and very scared. Just 15 metres or so away are hundreds of angry people shaking their fists and screaming at them.