Hong Kong Arrests Pro-Democracy Activists
Hong Kong police say they have arrested 19 people during protests against Beijing's decision to censor candidates for the territory's 2017 election.
The protesters were arrested late Monday for illegal assembly and obstructing police outside the hotel where a senior Chinese official was staying. Minor clashes, though no injuries, were reported.
Local media said three others were arrested for disorderly conduct at a separate demonstration, which police dispersed using pepper spray. The activists disrupted a speech by Li Fei, deputy director of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, who was trying to explain Beijing's stance.
Pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-hung was among those who shouted down Li.
Lester Shum, deputy secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, says he thinks the heckling of Li was intended mainly to express the humiliation and resentment of Hong Kong's people.
Li continued his speech after police forced the protesters out of the venue, saying the decision was made to protect the rule of law and safeguard Hong Kong's long-term stability
China's powerful Standing Committee ruled Sunday that candidates to become Hong Kong's next leader must receive a majority vote from a "broadly representative" nominating committee that opponents say will be stacked with pro-Beijing members.
That ruling makes it unlikely that any opposition candidates will get on the ballot for the 2017 election.
Pakistani parliament holds emergency meetings
Pakistan's parliament is holding an emergency meeting Tuesday as part of efforts to rally political support for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is refusing to resign despite weeks of opposition protests.
Thousands of protesters have occupied a central part of the Pakistani capital for more than two weeks, demanding that the prime minister resign over alleged election fraud.
The protests have been mainly peaceful until this weekend when clashes erupted between protesters and security forces.
Monday witnessed more pitched battles between protesters and police.
Demonstrators briefly took over Pakistan's state television station, forcing the channel off the air.