29 September 2014

Thousands Protest over Beijing’s decision to select Political Candidates in Hong Kong

Protesters are angry at changes to Hong Kong's political system which will allow direct elections but from a pool of candidates approved by Beijing. Tensions have escalated since late August, when Beijing announced its highly restrictive framework for the 2017 election, touted as the first time Hong Kong's 5 million eligible voters out of a population of 7.2 million will enjoy universal suffrage. Only two to three candidates can be on the ballot, and they will be picked by a Beijing-friendly committee.