Hong Kong has always been special. It is an economic powerhouse and cultural trendsetter. Held as a British territory until 1997 it was returned to mainland China under specific conditions. Part of those were that they would be able to have an election in 2017. Recently China announced that candidates will have to pass their approval first. Expecting better, protests have ensued. What began peacefully has been hampered by police armed with tear gas. Read all about it here.