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Hong Kong’s Occupy Central Campaign Intensifies: Marsh Guidance

 


Confrontations between protestors from the Occupy Central Campaign (OCC) and authorities escalated on the streets in Admiralty, a business district in Hong Kong, over the weekend as riot police tried to contain the mass protests, led by student activists and OCC supporters. Protestors began to station near the Hong Kong government office buildings since Friday, 26 September 2014, and chaos ensued on Sunday night as the Hong Kong police fired tear gas in an effort to resume social order. 

Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China following the handover from Britain to China in 1997. Under the One Country Two System model, a form of universal suffrage for Hong Kong was expected by 2017. Students and OCC supporters took to the streets from 26 September to oppose the Chinese government’s earlier decision to allow direct elections in 2017 where voters will choose from a list of pre-approved candidates. The demonstrations have been denounced by China and the situation is expected to remain unstable for days to come.