Hong Kong: Student protests pose challenge to China

b_179_129_16777215_00_images_CHI141002aa001.jpegHONG KONG — Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators clogged Hong Kong streets overnight into Tuesday, defying Beijing in what is quickly becoming China’s biggest political challenge since the Tiananmen Square revolt more than two decades ago.

Protests that began last week as a student boycott of schools and universities erupted into massive demonstrations in the city’s financial district over the weekend, bringing a police crackdown with tear gas and batons.

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