Pro-democracy protesters throng the streets of Hong Kong as China begins National Day celebrations, showing little sign of flagging momentum in their campaign. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
Pro-democracy protesters continue to line the streets of Hong Kong Wednesday (October 1) as China begins National Day celebrations, showing little sign of flagging momentum in their campaign to increase pressure on the pro-Beijing government. Protests have spread to Tsim Sha Tsui, one of the city's most popular shopping areas for mainland Chinese, which would normally do roaring trade during the annual national holiday. Scores of protesters also stood outside the government headquarters near the National Day ceremony at Bauhinia Square on the waterfront, booing as China's national anthem was played. Tensions between protesters and police eased on Monday (September 29) after tear gas, pepper spray and baton charges were used over the weekend to try to quell the unrest. But there are widespread fears that police may return to using force as Wednesday's celebrations begin. The pro-Beijing Hong Kong government has condemned the protesters' actions as illegal, officially backed by the Chinese Foreign Ministry' statement on Tuesday (September 30) urging the Hong Kong government to handle the situation according to the law. The protests represent one of the biggest political challenges for Beijing since it violently crushed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.