September 2, 2014

Hong Kong on Edge

Luke Hunt, The Diplomat

The Associated Press

A fatalistic dread is sweeping through Hong Kong amid fears that a violent confrontation between Chinese forces and supporters of the pan-democrats and Occupy Central movement, demanding full universal suffrage by 2017, is imminent with neither side prepared to give ground.

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TAGGED: Hong Kong, China, Democracy


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