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Inspired by the "Occupy Wall Street" protests in New York, demonstrations have spread to financial districts across the world. While mainland China has yet to see a demonstration, one has been unfolding in Hong Kong—the former British colony that enjoys more freedom than the Mainland.
Protestors occupy Hong Kong's central business district in support of New York's "Occupy Wall Street" movement—this is "Occupy Central."
The crowd is made up of several hundred people and groups from different backgrounds. They are voicing their dissatisfaction with the financial system and big businesses.
[Chen Shiyun, Secretary, Students/Professors Business Monitoring Project]:
"We oppose the greed of big businesses. We feel that most fundamentally our workers produce a lot of products for us, they should get fair treatment, and their human rights should be guaranteed. Actually the government and capitalists definitely have a responsibility they can't avoid."
[Chen Guangyu, Chairman, Lehman Victims Alliance]:
"It isn't just about money, outside of the financial issues, Lehman isn't just an issue of fighting for wealth, the Lehman incident touches upon the issue of what is right and wrong."
In Hong Kong, citizens have the freedom to protest, where as in mainland China such protests are rarely tolerated by the regime.
[Mainland Chinese Student]:
"I feel really fresh, because in mainland China, you can't see this kind of thing, so I also came to join in. I feel it is really lacking in the Mainland compared to here, in the Mainland you can't say the things you can say here, but actually the situation (here) does exist."
Demonstrators brought tents with them and say they are going to maintain the occupation long term.