Cash, Shopping, and Free Dim Sum Brought Pro-Beijing Protestors to Hong Kong

Lily Kuo | 18 August 2013 | CityLab

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents marched yesterday to show their opposition to a pro-democracy movement threatening to bring the city’s financial district to a standstill if genuine elections aren’t allowed in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. The demonstration is evidence, organizers and lawmakers said, that Hong Kong’s silent majority has finally spoken up.

Or have they? Indeed, plenty of local Hong Kongers (paywall) are concerned by the disruptions an occupation of the city’s financial district could bring and doubt the use of widespread pro-democracy protests, promoted by a group called Occupy Central, in the face of Beijing’s growing influence. But those concerned citizens weren’t necessarily the ones out on the streets this weekend.

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