Hong Kong's Occupy Central democracy 'referendum' -- What you should know

July 2, 2014 7:51 PM

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Hong Kong's Occupy Central democracy 'referendum' -- What you should know

Hong Kong (CNN) -- Nearly 800,000 Hong Kongers have done something China's 1.3 billion people can only dream of: cast a ballot to demand a democratic government.

In an unofficial referendum organized by pro-democracy activists and denounced by Chinese authorities, 787,767 people in the city of more than seven million have called for the right to directly elect their next leader.

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