Beijing puts Hong Kong business on alert

China's government rejects calls for free elections in the city, rousing protestors to set in motion plans to block streets in Hong Kong's financial district.

Beijing puts Hong Kong business on alert
CY Leung at the press conference on Sunday

Beijing has effectively put Hong Kong's financial district on alert after rejecting calls for free elections in the city, with a planned gridlock of business by protesters imminent.

The decision by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee, announced on Sunday, throws down the gauntlet to the Occupy Central movement.

Occupy Central, backed by Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, aims to block the financial district by staging a sit-in protest just yards...

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