Street violence erupts

Submitted by ub on Mon, 10/20/2014 - 07:29

The Chinese media is reporting this story in the mainland, while a deepening sense of impasse grips Hong Kong after four weeks of pro-democracy protests. Government officials see limited options to end this crisis and demonstrators are now willing to confront police.

Dozens were injured after clashes in the Chinese-controlled city, including 22 police officers. So far a few have been arrested on Sunday for assault. Protesters remain on the streets.

Hopes of easing the worst political crisis in Hong Kong since Britain handed the free-wheeling city back to China in 1997 rest on talks between the government and student protest leaders.

But few are expecting any resolution given the two sides are poles apart on how the city will elect its next leader in 2017.

It is interesting to see the Chinese government exercise unusual restraint and allow limited news coverage of this developing news story.