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Demonstrators blocked roads in Hong Kong's central business district and forced the closure of banks, shops and schools.

They want China to give them a free and fair vote when the former British colony holds its first-ever election for a leader in 2017.

Last month, Beijing rejected an open system for choosing the candidates in the upcoming election, sparking the protests.

The BBC's China editor, Carrie Gracie, was at the center of one of the demonstrations and has this report.

Note: This BBC interview can be heard in the Here & Now podcast or with the WBUR app.


  • Carrie Gracie, BBC's China editor.

This segment aired on September 29, 2014.

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