Activists stage 'occupy Central' demo


Demonstrators occupy Exchange Square
About 300 activists have staged an "occupy Central" protest. They gathered outside Exchange Square, in support of demonstrations taking place in the United States and other countries. They then marched to the HSBC headquarters. Some have put up tents in the open area of the bank to stay overnight. Several organisations took part in the protests. Doris Lee, of the group Left-21, is one of the organisers. She said the aim was to draw attention to their conviction that the system of capitalism was related to many of the SAR's problems, including poverty, income disparity and high housing costs.

She said the global financial system was creating and adding to the suffering of the people.

If the protest continues tomorrow, it could affect the annual Central Rat Race charity event.

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