Protesters occupy streets in Hong Kong over universal suffrage

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HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong to rally against the Chinese government.

They say Beijing went back on its promise to allow universal suffrage in Hong Kong in 2017.

As a result, crowds of students boycotted classes and camped out on highways near government headquarters.

Police have responded to the massive crowds by using tear gas, batons, and pepper spray.

So far, more than 40 people have been injured in the chaos, but that wasn't enough to stop them.

Instead, protesters used umbrellas to protect themselves from the tear gas.

All this Hong Kong havoc is impacting Wall Street, too.

The Dow Jones dropped two percent overnight and the industrial average went down about 75 points.

Also, because of the protests, the government cancelled fireworks for China's National Day on October 1.

While there may not be any in the sky, if the unrest continues, there will likely be plenty of fireworks in the streets.


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