OCCUPY HONG KONG
protesters in Admiralty raising their hands in the air to show they would not attack
The streets of Hong Kong on Sunday night resemble a battleground, with police in full riot gear and gas masks firing tear gas on students wearing makeshift masks and wielding umbrellas, in the worst clashes between police and demonstrators since the 2005 WTO protests
The protest’s main organiser, Occupy Central with Peace and Love, has called for a new era of civil disobedience to protest against the government’s plans to tightly limit electoral changes, despite long-held promises that the city’s residents would be allowed to choose their own leader by 2017.
The demonstration was originally planned to begin later this week, but Occupy Central brought the protest’s starting date forward after a group of students, galvanised by a week of peaceful protest, invaded the city’s main government compound on Friday night.
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