Hong Kong Police Clash With Occupy ProtestersFor weeks now, pro-democracy protest groups have occupied parts of central Hong Kong, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Local police have been urging the demonstrators to leave for days, and have recently stepped up efforts to dismantle barricades on several major roads - only to have many of them rebuilt hours later. Tensions boiled over last night, leading to a violent clash between police and protesters. Police arrested dozens, and at least one demonstrator, politician Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, was dragged away and beaten by police, a moment caught in this video (see link below). As of today, most of the Occupy protesters remain in place, Beijing refuses to budge, and no discussions are underway.
Could Hong Kong students destabilize China?As many as 13,000 college students in Hong Kong have reportedly started to stage a week-long sit-in to protest against China's failure to reform its election policies.
Chinese authorities now fear that the spirit of these protests will bring instability to mainland China.