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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.

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Classmates of Bristol teen are shocked at her disappearance

Friends of the Bristol teenager who is believed to be heading for Syria have been talking about their shock at her disappearance.

Pupils outside The City Academy in Easton, Bristol, said the girl had not seemed any different when they last saw her.

"She is a good friend. I have no idea what made her leave.

"I think the police have asked one of her friends to text her to see where she is. She is a really nice girl."

– a 14 year old friend

"I was sat next to her and she seemed fine,"

"She didn't have any new friends that we knew about, and she was a completely normal girl."

– 15 year old classmate


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

Thailand tourists 'to wear identification bands'

Tourists in Thailand may soon have to wear identification wristbands, the country's tourism minister has claimed, amid ongoing concerns over tourist safety.

It follows the murder of British tourists Hannah Witheridge and David Miller earlier this month.

Tourists carry their backpacks after arriving in Thailand. Credit: Reuters

Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said she had approached hotels with the idea of using wristbands to help identify tourists lost or in trouble.

"When tourists check-in to a hotel they will be given a wristband with a serial number that matches their ID and shows the contact details of the resort they are staying in so that if they're out partying late and, for example, get drunk or lost, they can be easily assisted," Kobkarn told Reuters.

She said "electronic tagging" may be the next step, while plans to use a "buddy system" - pairing tourists with a local minder - was also being discussed.

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.

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