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There was a carnival atmosphere during the protests Tuesday, but this sign was a reminder of what happened on Sunday ... #occupycentral
Police lines outside the PLA barracks in central late Tuesday. They were staying well away from the thousands of protesters pouring into the area. #occupycentral
Venus Luk, 40, took her young family to the protests Tuesday night in Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong's busiest shopping districts. "You can see we do have children here, and that we want to protest for the children of the next generation. They are not our children but I want to protect them. I want to stand behind them as well," she said. (Bex Wright/CNN)
Tales from the MTR
A video showing unlikely praise for the protesters has gone viral with 700,000 views on Facebook, at the time of writing. As the train stopped to pick up passengers at Admiralty station, near the main protest site, the train captain announced over the PA:
Students and citizens boarding the train just now. Thank you for your contribution to this city. We have to try our best to guard our city.
There was no sign Tuesday night of China's PLA joining the protests from their barracks just around the corner from Hong Kong's financial district. One soldier even cracked a smile ... #occupycentral
We are watching the situation in Hong Kong closely... we urge the Hong Kong authorities to exercise restraint, and for protestors to express their views peacefully.
This was 11pm on Tuesday night on what is usually a busy highway into Hong Kong's commercial center. #occupycentral
Never has it been more clearly illustrated as it is today that freedom, human rights and democracy are not merely rhetorical concepts. The Uyghur and Tibetan peoples' exercise of self-determination show the same aspiration for justice and equality as the Hong Kong people's struggle for democracy, for the equal value of ballots.
It is understandable that different people may have different ideas about a desirable reform package. But it is definitely better to have universal suffrage than not. It is definitely better to have the (chief executive) elected by 5 million eligible voters than by 1,200 people. And it is definitely better to cast your vote at the polling station than to stay home and watch on television the 1,200 members of the Election Committee cast their votes.
Chinese flag raising at Hong Kong government headquarters next to pro-democracy demonstrators, still…
The government said, in view of the latest situation, it anticipated that main access roads leading to hot spots for viewing the fireworks display may continue to be seriously affected.