Hong Kong protest leaders prevented from flying to Beijing

Hong Kong student leaders Nathan Law (left), Alex Chow (centre) and Eason Chung are surrounded by pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong's international airport before an attempt to board a flight to Beijing, on November 15, 2014Three Hong Kong democracy protest leaders were Saturday denied permission to board a flight to Beijing, where they had hoped to bring their demand for free elections directly to Chinese authorities. The leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, spearheading mass rallies that have paralysed parts of the city for more than six weeks, said airline officials informed them that their permits used for travel to the mainland had been cancelled by Chinese authorities. “Today they can say they take away the students’ Home Return Permits but it symbolises that they will take away a generation of Hong Kong people’s right to decide their own fate in the future,” HKFS leader Alex Chow told a press conference late Saturday.

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