Demonstrators sleep on Connaught Road Central in  Hong Kong today.  Tens of thousands of protesters filled the streets through the night to press for open elections and the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photograph: Jerome Favre/Bloomberg

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets today, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades a(...)

Protesters wave mobile phones as they sing during a rally blocking the main road to the financial central district in Hong Kong. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours of today, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of (...)

Thousands of protesters occupy a main street at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong. Photograph:  Reuters

Twirling a handful of yellow ribbons pressed into my hand to signify peace with Hong Kong’s protesters, and with eyes reddened by tear gas, I’m ponde(...)

 Policemen resting at the end of the first day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, in Hong Kong. Photograph: EPA

Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub today, one (...)

Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators defied tear gas and pepper spray to occupy the city centre, as police undertook the biggest crackdown since the city returned to Chinese rule. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/Bloomberg

Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests today and baton-charged a crowd blocking a key road in the government di(...)

Police stop student protesters as they rush to meet Hong Kong city chief executive Leung Chun-ying at government headquarters today. A scuffle broke out as students took their pro-democracy protest to government headquarters and called on the city’s chief executive to honour his election promise of listening to the people. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.

A scuffle broke out in Hong Kong today as students took their pro-democracy protest to government headquarters and called on the city’s chief executi(...)

 Thousands of university students from across Hong Kong attend the start of a week-long boycott. Photograph: Jerome Favre/EPA

Thousands of students from all over Hong Kong began a week-long boycott yesterday to protest against the Beijing government’s decision to rule out (...)

Students and teachers attend a rally during the class boycott at the Chinese University of Hong Kong today. Photograph: Tyrone Siu/Reuters.

Thousands of students braved sweltering heat in Hong Kong today to demand greater democracy as they launched a week-long boycott of classes, undersco(...)

The Boluo demonstration is the latest example of citizens holding demonstrations against pollution, an issue of growing concern in China. Photograph: Reuters/Sean Yong

More than 1,000 citizens from Boluo county in southern China took to the streets at the weekend to protest against a planned rubbish incinerator and p(...)

Former Chinese security chief Zhou Yongkang, the most senior target yet of President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crackdown. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

The investigation into former security czar and member of the Politburo’s all-powerful Standing Committee, Zhou Yongkang, makes him the most senior v(...)