China exercises pressure on Hong Kong businesses to prohibit their employees from taking part in protests. Some employees have been laid off. One company with a long tradition is at the center of attention.
The mayhem in the streets of Hong Kong has reached its universities. Political scientist Stephan Ortmann, who teaches at one of them, does not believe that there will be a peaceful solution to the conflict.
The city's Polytechnic University has become a stronghold for anti-government protesters who have camped out there for several days. Students lit fires on bridges and held a blockaded tunnel against advances from police.
In an unexpected move, China's People's Liberation Army have left their Hong Kong barracks to help the city tidy up after protests. Following Beijing's warnings of restoring order, the intervention left opinions divided.
Strife-torn Hong Kong's economy plunged into recession in the third quarter, falling 3.2% between July and September. Its administration blames "local social incidents" — a reference to 5 months of pro-democracy unrest.
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