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Thousands of students and activists gathered in the city's financial district in protest of anti-democratic leaders
Officers used tear gas and baton charge to break up crowd, but many protesters remain and have set up camp
Beijing last month ruled out open nominations for candidates for the first democratic election in Hong Kong in 2017
Protesters chanted 'Shame on C.Y. Leung', the city's Beijing-backed leader, while shielding faces from the gas
By Associated Press
Published: 08:47 EST, 28 September 2014 | Updated: 04:37 EST, 29 September 2014
Pro-democracy protesters, some wearing surgical masks and holding up umbrellas to protect against tear gas, expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub.
Police officers tried to negotiate with protesters camped out on a normally busy highway near the Hong Kong government headquarters that was the scene of tear gas-fueled clashes that erupted the evening before.
An officer with a bullhorn tried to get them to clear the way for the commuters. A protester, using the group's own speaker system, responded by saying that they wanted Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying to demand a genuine choice for the territory's voters.
'Do something good for Hong Kong. We want real democracy!' he shouted.
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Resistance: Thousands of protesters are still gathered in Hong Kong's financial district despite police throwing tear gas at them and launching a baton charge
Force: The authorities have threatened to increase their use of force if the student activists, who are demanding democratic elections, do not disperse
Disruption: The protest marks the end of a week of activities which has become the worst unrest in Hong Kong since Britain handed the province back to China
Hong Kong police rained tear gas on thousands of pro-democracy protesters in the city's financial district today as tensions over the island's democratic rights grow
China has called the protests illegal and endorsed the Hong Kong government's crackdown. The clashes - images of which have been beamed around the world - are undermining Hong Kong's image as a safe financial haven, and raised the stakes of the face-off against President Xi Jinping's government. Beijing has taken a hard line against threats to the Communist Party's monopoly on power, including clamping down on dissidents and Muslim Uighur separatists in the country's far west.
The mass protests are the strongest challenge yet to Beijing's decision last month to reject open nominations for candidates under proposed guidelines for the first-ever elections for Hong Kong's leader, promised for 2017. Instead, candidates must continue to be hand-picked by Beijing - a move that many residents viewed as reneging on promises to allow greater democracy in the semi-autonomous territory.
Democracy: The students are demanding a free vote in upcoming elections after the Chinese government hand-picked candidates loyal to the regime
The protest has been spearheaded largely but student-age activists but has gathered momentum among a broad range of people from high school students to the elderly.
Protesters also occupied streets in other parts of Hong Kong Island, including the upscale shopping area of Causeway Bay as well as across the harbor in densely populated Mong Kok on the Kowloon peninsula. The city's transport department said roads in those areas were closed.
More than 200 bus routes have been canceled or diverted in a city dependent on public transport. Subway exits have also been closed or blocked near protest area. Authorities said some schools in areas near the main protest site would be closed.
Leung urged people to go home, obey the law and avoid causing trouble.
'We don't want Hong Kong to be messy,' he said as he read a statement that was broadcast early Monday.
originally posted by: SLAYER69
a reply to: ElectricUniverse
I never know what to call them?
Hong Kongers, Hong Kongonians, Hong Kongalers?
Power to the people, Pumps fist.
Checks carry out on speed dial.
originally posted by: sosobad
Funny that these protests coincide with China dumping the dollar on the 30th
It is all to familiar, where has this type of thing happened before???? Next you will have the government campaigning to send "aid" to the protesters.....