By Julie Makinen on Nonviolent Conflict

27 July 2014

In Hong Kong, debate on election rules has spawned the Occupy Central with Peace and Love Movement. People are mad about sky-high housing prices, a growing rich-poor gap, controversial development plans, and an influx of mainland visitors. But lesser issues have been subsumed into a larger conflict about how responsive leaders are to citizens’ needs. Objections to rules about elections have led to civil disobedience, such sit-ins, protests, referendums and interrupted graduation ceremonies.

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