WASHINGTON — Democratic protests in Hong Kong continue to defy Beijing and the Communist government over handpicked appointments to be in charge of the city.
Reuters reported tear gas was deployed in addition to police armed with batons, but did not engage the protesters like the Chinese government did at Tiananment Square in 1989.
The Communist Chinese government said it will not tolerate dissent, but still has not violently cracked down on the protests. The protests are over the dictatorial nature of the central government, who appoints the city’s leader without any consent or approval from Hong Kong residents.
Tens of thousands of protesters have called for the city’s current leader, Leung Chun-ying, to step down, and for the Chinese government to grant them a democratic government. The Chinese government has not agreed to their demands.