Mainland Chinese in Hong Kong watch protests with interest

October 6, 2014 12:19 PM

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On a vacation to Hong Kong last week, one couple from Shandong province, China, made sure to take pictures of something they can’t see on the mainland: pro-democracy political signs. And their must-have souvenir was a copy of Apple Daily, an anti-Chinese Communist Party local newspaper that is banned on the mainland and has been providing cover-to-cover news on the territory's student-led protests.

The protest movement is agitating against rules imposed by Beijing authorities that would limit voters’ choices in Hong Kong’s 2017 election for chief executive, the territory’s top official. The movement, which was presaged by a weeklong university student strike, has brought massive sit-in demonst...

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