Life in a megacity comes at a high premium. In Hong Kong, the costs of living have exploded in recent years, making life almost unlivable for 1 in 6.
Hundreds of people have clashed with Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters in the city's business district. The unidentified men tried to break down protest barriers, demanding the protesters to open the roads.
Students have vowed to continue protests in Hong Kong until their demands for more democracy are met. Taiwan's leader has supported the move and has called on China to "make good on its pledge" of autonomy for Hong Kong.
Thousands have returned to Hong Kong's streets after the government canceled talks with student leaders. Protesters say plans by China's central government give them no real choice and do not amount to genuine democracy.
Student leaders have appealed directly to Beijing to repeal plans for limiting democracy. Hong Kong's chief executive has described their chances of success as "almost nil."
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