Kelvin Cheung, a 21-year-old student who was helping sort recyclable trash near the main protest site, said he thinks "more pressure must be put on the government, otherwise they'll turn a blind eye to our actions."
But he was wary of the idea of occupying government buildings, describing it as "very controversial" and something that should only be used as a last resort. He said he was concerned it would cause "conflicts" with the police and government.
His classmate Cathy Wong, also 21, was even more cautious. "We have to keep it peaceful," she said. "We can't destroy the city."Read more
4:17 pm HKT/4:17 am ET:
Recap of the day’s events so far:
On China's National Day, both protesters and government appear to be “digging in their
heels” says CNN’s Ivan Watson, as the protests wear on.
Student leader Joshua Wong led a group of students in a silent protest at the official flag-raising ceremony. Wong and his followers raised crossed arms and turning their backs on the flags of China and Hong Kong as they were raised in Golden Bauhinia Square, close to the main protest site.
CY Leung, Hong Kong’s chief executive, told assembled dignitaries at his National Day address that Hong Kong should accept the deal laid out by China for 2017 elections. Despite Beijing’s insistence that it vets all candidates, Leung says, “It is better to have universal suffrage than not.”
District councillor Paul Zimmerman opened a yellow umbrella – a symbol of the protests – as Leung gave his address. He told CNN affiliate i-Cable: "I think C.Y. and the police commissioner owe Hong Kong an apology, nothing less... for what they have done."
The National Day firework display, due to take place this evening, a fixture of the holiday since China resumed sovereignty in 1997, has been canceled.