No open Hong Kong nominations

China’s legislature says election option would result in chaos

Posted: September 1, 2014 at 3:16 a.m.

Protesters wave their mobile phones during a rally, after China's legislature has ruled out open nominations in elections for Hong Kong's leader in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. China's legislature's standing committee announced Sunday that all candidates must receive more than half of votes from a special nominating body before going before voters. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

BEIJING -- China's legislature on Sunday ruled out allowing open nominations in the inaugural election for Hong Kong's leader, saying they would create a "chaotic society." Democracy activists in the Asian financial hub responded by saying that a long-threatened mass occupation of the heart of the city "will definitely happen."

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