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The View From Instagram: Hong Kong's Democracy Protests

Tear gas and pepper spray fired at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong
Tear gas and pepper spray fired at demonstrators during a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — Pro-democracy protesters took to the streets over the weekend in Hong Kong, flooding downtown around Admiralty, the government complex.

Occupy Central activits rallied against the government's plan to limit electoral changes. The city's authorities had promised Hong Kong residents they would be allowed to choose their own leader by 2017, but the government is now planning to restrict those changes. Contrary to what the government previously announced, only two or three candidates will be allowed on the ballot, and they will have to be chosen by a Beijing-friendly committee.

Having declared the protests illegal, authorities have allowed the Hong Kong police to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters, which has been covered on many social networks such as Instragram. The mainland China government even blocked the photo-sharing service. But that didn't stop demonstrators from uploading hundreds of pictures once the service returned.




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A Writer's Advice For How To Read The Words Of Politics

Colombia's reformist president has promised to tackle endemic violence, economic exclusion, pollution and corruption in the country. So what's new with a politician's promises?

Image of Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan 14, 2023

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, speaks during a press conference in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24, 2023.

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Héctor Abad Faciolince

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BOGOTÁ — Don't concentrate on his words, I was once advised, but look at what he's doing. I heard the words so long ago I cannot recall who said them. The point is, what's the use of a husband who vows never to beat his wife in January and leaves her with a bruised face in February?

Words are a strange thing, and in literal terms, we must distrust their meaning. As I never hit anyone, I have never declared that I wouldn't. It never occurred to me to say it. Strangely, there is more power and truth in a simple declaration like "I love her" than in the more emphatic "I love her so much." A verbal addition here just shrinks the "sense" of love.

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