Why Hong Kong’s Informal Referendum Makes Beijing So Nervous

Matt Schiavenza | 23 June 2014 | International Business Times

The latest reform initiative by pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong is garnering enthusiastic support in the territory but outrage in mainland China.

An informal referendum held by Hong Kong’s Occupy Central movement, a pro-democracy organization modeled after Occupy Wall Street, recorded 700,000 votes, indicating broad support for political reform in the Chinese-run city-state. The referendum — which began Sunday and will last one week — was intended to gauge support for implementing full universal suffrage in the territory by 2017, a goal of Occupy Central and other pro-democracy activists.

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