A fourth night of pro-democracy protests is underway in Hong Kong after demonstrators successfully repelled police baton charges and tear gas all day in the city’s central business district.
The protests have become the biggest challenge to China’s authority since the Tienanmen protests 25 years ago.
China’s National Day on October 1 is just around the corner and organisers say bigger protests are planned for then, with residents of nearby Macao saying they too will march.
China has warned the world this is an internal matter, saying it was “resolutely opposed to any foreign country using any method to interfere…or support illegal activities like ‘Occupy Central’…”, the name the protesters have given themselves.
For the moment police have retreated and the demonstrators are steeled for another night of sleeping rough, some with little more than the umbrellas that have become a symbol of their struggle for shelter.