As reported by the Russian BBC service, tens of thousands of demonstrators blocked the streets of the city throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning. Protesters are demanding the sacking of the city’s Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying. Many stores and banks in the city’s business center are closed and public transport has stopped.
On August 24 Ukraine celebrated Independence Day. For the first time in 23 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union the celebrations were truly meaningful and all encompassing. Recent public opinion polls show unprecedented support for the idea of national independence, which is supported by about 90 percent of the population.
The board of directors of the World Bank is today considering a 260 million USD loan to Uzbekistan to develop its agricultural irrigation system. The Cotton Campaign is calling on the financial institution not to approve the Uzbek loan.