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The protesters in Hong Kong are driven by frustration at the crises that have hit the territory since Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule and the lack of responsiveness to its needs from the government in Beijing.

 

Dr Sow Keat Tok from the Asia Institute told Sky News Australia that the protesters seemed to have reached an informal consensus on how the protest could continue without unacceptable disruption to the running of the Special Administrative Region.

He said that while the protests had the potential to become a pro-democracy movement, at present their focus was accountability and transparency.

Meanwhile on CNBC Asia, Dr Tok outlined the paths by which the protests might reach an end: