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Hong Kong democracy movement feels Beijing's pressure
Hong Kong democracy movement feels Beijing's pressure

Hours after mainland Chinese officials announced new rules ensuring that only handpicked candidates could run for Hong Kong’s top leadership position in 2017, local democracy activist Benny Tai Yiu-ting declared a new "era of civil disobedience." Tai, a co-founder of a movement called Occupy Central that has been pressing for “real democracy” for more than a year, called Sunday for Hong Kong’s 7 million people to stage “wave after wave of protests.” He urged Hong Kongers to participate in sit-ins on major roads and paralyze the city’s financial district – known as Central -- to demand an unfettered field of candidates. But two...

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