In Hong Kong protests, hope for change endures

October 4, 2014 11:31 AM

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In Hong Kong protests, hope for change endures

HONG KONG – After six days of pro-democracy protests, the number of demonstrators dwindled, some residents clashed with protesters still occupying streets, and the communist government in Beijing refused to bow to the wishes of what it called an "illegal assembly" in this southern China financial hub.

Yet many participants said their movement, which attracted tens of thousands of people, had already achieved one significant goal: raising the political consciousness of Hong Hong's materialistic society so it would value the personal freedoms behind the protests.

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