Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement
Thousands of protesters joined the budding pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong during a national holiday on Wednesday, promising to storm government buildings if the territory’s leader doesn’t resign by the end of Thursday.
“Leung Chun-ying must step down. If he doesn’t resign by tomorrow we will step up our actions, such as by occupying several important government buildings,” said Hong Kong Federation of Students Vice Secretary Lester Shum, according to the Associated Press. Protesters are mobilizing to demand freer elections for the territory.
Hong Kong’s authorities have been waiting out protesters since Sunday, when police attempted to suppress the movement with force and tear gas only to see the movement galvanize against the brutality as protesters shielded themselves with umbrellas, earning the nickname the “Umbrella Revolution.”