Hong Kong leader says Beijing won't back down
HONG KONG, China - Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong say they'll initiate new civil disobedience efforts Wednesday unless their demands for genuine democracy and the resignation of the city's unpopular chief executive are met.
The protesters spent another night blocking streets in an already unprecedented show of civil disobedience.
Even larger crowds are expected to flood the streets Wednesday, China's National Day holiday. The government says a holiday fireworks display is canceled.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying urged the Occupy Central group today to take into account the considerations of other residents and stop its disruptive protest. And he says China's communist leaders in Beijing will not back down from an August decision to restrict voting reforms for the first direct elections to pick his successor in 2017.
The crowd, mostly students, continues to occupy a six-lane highway next to the local government headquarters.