Hong Kong protesters hold firm on Wednesday deadline for China
By Ashley Fantz, Jethro Mullen and Holly Yan, CNN
Hong Kong (CNN) -- It's Wednesday in Hong Kong, and pro-democracy protests there are expected to grow because many people are off work for China's National Day.
The day also brings a deadline that demonstrators have set for the Chinese government to meet their demands to let Hong Kong residents elect their own leader. It looks unlikely China will bend, so it's unclear what will happen next.
For a week, Hong Kong residents have said that they want more freedom and won't back down until they get it. They were supposed to be able to freely elect their next chief executive in 2017. That was considered momentous in Hong Kong because its current chief executive isn't elected by the people but by a 1,200-strong committee stacked with Beijing loyalists.
Last month, China announced that it would allow only Beijing-vetted candidates to participate in the 2017 election, sparking widespread anger.
"Both sides in this dispute appear to be digging in their heels and unwilling to find a compromise," said CNN's Ivan Watson, who stood amidst the tens of thousands on the street late Tuesday and Wednesday morning.
Hong Kong and Chinese officials have called the protests illegal.
Protesters continue to rally outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung urged protesters to clear the roads Tuesday, saying they might pose a risk to public safety. (Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)
People attend a speech despite rainy weather in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong Tuesday night. At right, protesters sing and wave their cell phones after the inclement weather passes. (Photos, from left: Xaume Olleros/AFP/Getty Images and Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
After huge crowds dispersed overnight, hundreds of protesters slept on Hong Kong's main thoroughfare to guard against police moving in to clear the site. Over loud speakers, protesters were urged to stay until 8 a.m. local time Tuesday morning when more demonstrators would join them. (Photo: Wong Maye-E/AP)
What started as a protest by pro-democracy students escalated into a paralyzing demonstration after riot police tried to clear the streets using tear gas, batons and pepper spray over the weekend. (Photo: Vincent Yu/AP)
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