Asia Pacific Hong Kong citizenry stirs as Beijing nixes direct democracy

Thousands of Hong Kong citizens are expected in coming weeks to stage protests after China announced it would screen the nominees for Hong Kong's chief executive.

By , Staff writer

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Hong Kong protest leaders rallied their forces Sunday night ahead of an expected civil disobedience to block downtown traffic – after China’s leaders officially said that Asia’s commercial hub would not be allowed to have the direct democracy it has long anticipated.