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Wake Up, Beijing -- It's Hong Kong Calling


If you've been following the Edward Snowden case, you've probably seen Hong Kong pop up in the news. The small, economically-prosperous Chinese territory doesn't typically make headlines. That may be about to change.

Today, tens if not hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong residents came out to demand that Beijing live up to its promise to allow direct elections in the territory. (Estimates of the yearly march always vary; protesters claimed 430,000, while police estimated 66,000.) July 1 was the sixteenth anniversary of the territory's return to Chinese rule, and it was intended to be a day of celebration, national unity, and pride. But to Beijing's surprise, Hong Kong's citizens continue to use the day to remind the authorities that they deserve -- are owed -- the chance to determine their own political fate...