Guest post by Joe Hoft in Hong Kong
Hong Kong riot police fired teargas, pepper spray for the first time since 2005 this weekend to disperse pro-democracy demonstrators. Thousands of protesters blocked the main street to the financial district on September 28.
The Hong Kong democracy protesters gave the Chinese government a Wednesday deadline to meet their demands for political reforms. Hong Kong’s chief executive Leung Chun-ying said that Beijing would not reverse its decision to hand-pick eligible candidates to lead the former British colony.
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This is how the China media reported on the massive protests in Hong Kong:
“Thousands of people come out to celebrate the National Day of China”
October 1st is National Day in China and a holiday. The protests are expected to grow larger.