Hong Kong democracy protesters and Beijing dig in heels

 

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters and the Chinese government in Beijing headed for a showdown on Tuesday, as both sides refused to back down over demands for democratic reforms in this financial enclave.

Protesters blocked Hong Kong’s streets for a fifth day Tuesday over anger at China’s refusal to allow the open selection of candidates for Hong Kong’s leader in the city’s first democratic election, scheduled for 2017.

A major confrontation looms Wednesday, a national holiday that marks the 65th anniversary of the Communist Party’s seizure of power in China. With offices and schools closed for two days, the size of the protests could grow.

A statement on Twitter by the Occupy Central civil disobedience movement set the holiday as the deadline for Hong Kong’s leader, Leung Chun-ying, to meet their demands for genuine democracy or step down as the city’s chief executive.

The group said it would announce new civil disobedience plans if no action were taken to meet its demands.

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