Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/26/2014 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Pro-democracy groups threatens protests if acceptable reforms are not implemented

China's Standing Committee of the National People's Congress is set to hold a week-long session starting August 25, to discuss how Hong Kong will be able to pick its leader. If this does not go well however, tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents have pledged an uprising of the sort last seen in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, demanding the right to elect the leader of the semi-autonomous region.

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong, demanding the right to elect the leader of the semi-autonomous region.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/26/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: China, Hong Kong, International, Asia, News, World Affairs


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Chinese officials say that Hong Kong residents will be allowed to elect their own leader in 2017, but critics suspect that Beijing will screen all candidates via a nominating committee.

You can be a light in the darkness with "prayer and action."

If an acceptable agreement is not reached, pro-democracy activists have pledged large-scale civil disobedience.

Part of a massive rally held in Hong Kong, where residents are demanding suffrage in deciding the po

Part of a massive rally held in Hong Kong, where residents are demanding suffrage in deciding the political future of the region.


During the meeting, lawmakers are set to deliberate on a report from Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung on whether to revise election methods for the territory's top job, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Leung was selected by a 1,200-member committee in 2012, but in 2017 Hong Kong residents will be allowed to vote for their leader.

The center of this issue is whether Beijing will require candidates for the position of chief executive to obtain support from more than 50% of the nominating committee in order to get his or her name on the ballot.

Expectations are high that the committee will be made up largely of pro-Beijing businessmen and individuals, giving mainland authorities veto over potential candidates.

However, activists do not want any restrictions on the nomination of candidates. And a decision is expected by the end of August.

The pro-democracy movement, Occupy Central, has pledged to hold a sit-in of 10,000 protesters in the territory's business district if it views the government's decision inadequate.

The founder of Occupy Central, Benny Tai, told a large gathering of pro-democracy activists that an overly strict framework for electoral reform is likely to trigger protests and, ultimately, a massive, popular, occupation of the main business district in Hong Kong.

Chinese officials have previously stated that the next chief executive must be a patriot and must not oppose the central government, but pro-democracy activists have said that these requirements are unacceptable and do not conform to international standards of universal suffrage.

While Beijing is not likely to budge, the Occupy Central movement has massive man-power behind it. In June of 2014, nearly 800,000 people cast ballots in an informal referendum on how the chief executive should be chosen, organized by the group.

Just a month later, tens of thousands took to the streets demanding democratic reforms for Hong Kong.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2016
Universal:
Human Solidarity: That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find-even within the huge cities of the world-opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices: That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Exorcism performed on woman after 'creature from Philippine folklore' possesses her Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A video claiming to show a woman undergoing an exorcism after being possessed by "demon goblins" has made its way throughout social media. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Mirror, the footage, filmed in the Philippines, shows seven minutes of a young ... continue reading


President of the Philippines vows to kill 100k criminals: Man discovered with head wrapped in duct tape with sign reading 'I am a pusher' pinned to his chest (WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES) Watch

Image of With the President's urging, vigilantes and officers have been murdering anyone linked to the illegal drug trade (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Controversial Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte is living up to his vow of seeing 100,000 criminals killed in the Philippines. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Duterte was sworn into the presidency June 30th and already over 110 accused drug dealers were killed by ... continue reading


'So that's it....That's a wrap on old Jakey': Stranded scuba diver records final moments Watch

Image of Childs spent over six hours stranded in the open sea (Jessica Lodge).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Jacob Childs, a "relatively experienced diver," became separated from his crew and was lost at sea for over six hours. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to <a ... continue reading


WATCH what happens to this hapless fisherman as the water around him rises... Watch

Image of A fisherman is stranded during a flash flood.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Check out this video of firefighters saving a man from a flash flood. It serves as a reminder there is good in the world. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - A Chinese man decided to fish on the Yangtze river. The decision turned out to be unlucky because a ... continue reading


'We have yet to achieve justice': Filipino sex slaves confront their attackers (WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT) Watch

Image of Philippine 'comfort women' demand to be recognized (Lino Escandor II).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The rules are simple: If you wrong someone, you apologize; even a child can understand this concept. But what if hundreds of thousands of people were wronged? What if an entire nation has been called to apologize? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Japanese are a ... continue reading


Bishops challenge Philippine president over death penalty Watch

Image of Incoming Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte called for the death penalty as a means of revenge (Shutterstock).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

During a speech on Monday, soon-to-be Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his support for capital punishment as a means of revenge, not a deterrent. He then called human rights activists "stupid" for letting rapists and murderers live. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Christians 'Chained like dogs' Watch

Image of Persecuted Christians held in deplorable conditions in Thailand (BBC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Christian persecution continues throughout Pakistan but what happened to the Christians who got away? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christians fleeing their Muslim neighbors in the Middle East have traveled as far as possible to escape persecution and the ... continue reading


'They are notorious here': Philippines cracks down on drug dealers Watch

Image of Rodrigo Duterte's campaign to tackle drugs and crime is proving successful (dutertecayetano).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Rodrigo Duterte, a Filipino lawyer and politician who recently won the President-elect for the Philippines, has thus far kept his campaign promises to fight illegal drugs and crime. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Durerte struck the right cord in the Philippines ... continue reading


5,000 terrorist suspects arrested in Bangladesh Watch

Image of Bangladesh takes a stand against terror.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Over the course of a single week, a series of police raids resulted in the arrest of over 5,000 known and suspected Islamist militants. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - After a police superintendent lost his wife to a machete attack, the Bangladesh police have ... continue reading


First Muslims, now Hindus: Christians tortured for refusing to turn from God Watch

Image of Hindu extremists tortured 29 Christians when they refused to forsake Christ (DailyMail).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A group of Christians living in Katholi, India refused to to forsake Christ, prompting Hindu extremists to first beat then torture the men, women and even their children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to Express, Hindu extremists gathered 29 Christians ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Second Corinthians 4:7-15
7 But we hold this treasure in pots of earthenware, so that the immensity ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6
1 [Song of Ascents] When Yahweh brought back Zion's captives we lived in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 20:20-28
20 Then the mother of Zebedee's sons came with her sons to make a request ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 25th, 2016 Image

St. James the Greater
July 25: Nothing is known of St. James the Greater's early ... Read More