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Protests will 'continue until China answers democracy pleas'

Protests in Hong Kong will continue until China addresses citizens' calls for democracy, a former chief secretary in the Hong Kong government has told ITV News.

Asked what the consequences would be if the protests eventually failed, Anson Chan replied: "We are not anticipating failure. I think the people of Hong Kong will continue to fight for democracy.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I believe that Hong Kong police fully kitted out would fire at unarmed protests, many of whom are young people," she added.

Cameron: China 'should stick to Hong Kong agreement'

China should stick to its agreement promising people in Hong Kong freedoms to demonstrate and vote, David Cameron has told ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby.

Asked whether Beijing must also guarantee citizens in the former British colony the ability to vote freely, the Prime Minister said: "Universal suffrage doesn't just mean the act of voting, it means a proper choice."

Hong Kong was transferred to Chinese rule in 1997 under the promise of a "one country, two systems" formula with an eventual aim of free elections not enjoyed on the mainland.

However, protests erupted recently after China indicated it would vet candidates wishing to run for leadership in 2017.


Messages of support left on Hong Kong bus

Messages of support for pro-democracy campaigners have been left on a bus in Hong Kong.

Demonstrations are showing no sign of subsiding, as protesters set up supply stations with water bottles, food and face masks.

It comes after Hong Kong's leader warned that China was not going to reconsider its decision to limit voting reforms.

A man takes picture of a bus covered with messages of support at Mongkok shopping district. Credit: Reuters
A child wearing a yellow ribbon, a symbol of the 'Occupy Central' movement. Credit: Reuters
Messages of support are seen on a bus at Mongkok shopping district Credit: Reuters

Umbrella 'resistance symbol' seen amid protests

ITV News China Correspondent Lucy Watson reports from Hong Kong:

China 'will not back down' over Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong's leader has claimed China will not back down from its decision to limit voting reforms.

A protester holds a defaced mask of Leung Chun-ying during demonstrations. Credit: Reuters

Beijing's decision to vet candidates for Hong Kong's leadership election in 2017 has sparked mass protests.

Thousands of activists have blocked streets as they demand full democracy and the resignation of the city's leader Leung Chun-ying.

"The central government will not rescind its decision," Chun-ying is quoted as saying.


PM 'deeply concerned' about Hong Kong clashes

David Cameron said he is "deeply concerned" about clashes in Hong Kong between riot police and pro-democracy protesters.

David Cameron has expressed concern about the situation in China. Credit: Reuters

The Prime Minister told Sky News he felt a "deep obligation" to speak out about the situation in Hong Kong

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets to voice their anger over China's refusal to give Hong Kong a free vote for its next leader with Beijing insisting candidates must be pre-approved.

China rules Hong Kong under the "one country, two systems formula", whereby the former British colony is guaranteed freedoms not enjoyed in mainland China.

"When we reached the agreement with China there were details of that agreement about the importance of giving the Hong Kong people a democratic future within this two systems approach that we were setting out with the Chinese so of course I am deeply concerned about what is happening and I hope this issue can be resolved," Mr Cameron said.

HK activists sleep on roads ahead of Chinese National Day

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets this morning, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.

Protesters block the main street to the central financial district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong this morning. Credit: Reuters

Riot police shot pepper spray and tear gas at protesters at the weekend but withdrew on Monday to ease tension as the ranks of demonstrators swelled.

Protesters spent the night sleeping or holding vigil on normally busy roads in the global financial hub.

A defaced cut-out of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying is seen as protesters block a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Credit: Reuters

Throughout the night, rumours rippled through crowds of protesters that police were preparing to move in again.

As the sun rose many remained wary, especially on the eve of Wednesday's anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

Protesters defy China's demands in Hong Kong

Tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong are defying demands from China's communist rulers to end occupation of the territory's big financial district.

It is early in the morning there now and the financial district is full of people, some of whom have been there for days. They are angry that, in the election of a new Hong Kong chief executive, they can only vote for candidates approved by the Chinese authorities.

Their protest has pushed down the Hong Kong stock market by almost two percent. China Correspondent Lucy Watson reports.

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