Workers strike in Hong Kong to demand direct elections

Members of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) called a general strike on 29 September to demand direct elections and condemn violence against Occupy Central protesters. Several thousand workers heeded the strike call, including social workers, teachers and logistics workers for Swire Beverages (a Coca Cola distributor). Occupy Central protesters are demanding the resignation of the current leader of Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying. Leftists within the movement are also calling for greater economic equality in Hong Kong.