Tensions rise in Hong Kong
China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs repeated on Monday its opposition to the “Occupy Central” movement in Hong Kong which has blocked main roads across the city. Demonstrators, who are demanding a greater say in choosing the financial centre’s Chief Executive, defied weekend attempts by riot police to end their sit-ins with tear gas blasts.
The mass protests are the strongest challenge yet to Beijing’s decision to reject open nominations for candidates 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 view as reneging on promises to allow greater democracy in the semi-autonomous territory
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