HONG KONG, September 30 -- Demonstrators should stop the “illegal” protest actions in Hong Kong that “disrupt everyday life of people and their security, and undermine the economy and the image of Hong Kong,” the head of China’s special administrative region said on Tuesday.
The movement has been already labeled "the Umbrella Revolution" for the umbrellas that many people are holding to protect themselves from pepper spray and tear gas, as well as to cope with oppressive heat.
Hong Kong’s chief executive, Leung Chun-ying, said the organizers of the protests, the Occupy Central group, have earlier repeatedly pledged to stop the demonstration if the situation goes out of control.
In his 15-minute address, the first over the past few days, the Hong Kong leader however failed to reveal how the administration plans to resolve the current situation. He also refused to confirm whether the local officials are expected to hold talks with the leaders of the pro-democracy movement.