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Anger in Hong Kong as protesters compared to slaves

Pro-democracy protesters sit inside their tent in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 30, 2014A prominent businesswoman has sparked outrage in Hong Kong by comparing the city’s pro-democracy protesters to African-American slaves, suggesting they might need to “wait for a while” to win the freedoms they are seeking. “American slaves were liberated in 1861 but did not get voting rights until 107 years later, so why can’t Hong Kong wait for a while?” Laura Cha, an HSBC board member, was quoted as saying by The Standard newspaper on Friday. An online petition calling for her to apologise, and for her fellow HSBC board members to denounce the comments, has gathered nearly 7,000 signatures. Pro-democracy demonstrators have held mass street rallies in Hong Kong for more than a month, demanding Beijing grants free leadership elections to the semi-autonomous Chinese city.

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