Hong Kong protests may be easing, but message is clear

October 4, 2014 6:12 AM

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Hong Kong protests may be easing, but message is clear

HONG KONG – After six days of pro-democracy protests, the number of demonstrators dwindled, residents returned to work and school, 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 its 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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