HK dockers briefly block road as bitter strike grinds on

HONG KONG (AP) - Hong Kong dockworkers have briefly blocked a road and refused to stop camping out at a tower owned by the city's richest man, as their bitter strike was close to dragging into a second month.

About 300 striking workers protested on Thursday by walking slowly on the road in front of the Asian financial hub's container ports. The protest lasted several hours and left trucks backed up for several kilometers.

The workers have been on strike since the end of March. They are demanding higher pay and better working conditions from the middleman companies supplying labour to port operator Hongkong International Terminals, controlled by billionaire Li Ka-shing.

The workers also ignored a demand to leave their camp in front of Mr Li's skyscraper headquarters by noon, under threat of legal action.