Riot police fired nearly one hundred rounds of tear gas into crowds of pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong over the weekend, but failed to disrupt the demonstrations that clogged the semi-autonomous country’s crucial business districts. Many have used umbrellas to deflect the tear gas, leading to the moniker “Umbrella revolution.”
The protests led to the closing of banks, schools, and government officers over the weekend, as well as the cancellation of a major national fireworks celebration. They also damaged Hong Kong’s stocks and dollar exchange value.
The protests, which are thus far spontaneous and unorganized, emerged in response to limitations imposed by the Chinese government over the 2017 election for chief executive, but have since grown to include a wide range of economic and cultural complaints.
[h/t Los Angeles Times]
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