Just as the Occupy Central movement was collapsing from lack of public support, Beijing gave it a powerful shot in the arm with the release of its ill-timed White Paper on June 10, asserting the mainland’s power over Hong Kong. That was followed by a massive denial of service attack on June 13 in an apparent attempt to disable the servers for an online referendum on direct elections called by the Occupy group. The non-binding referendum has enraged Beijing. The attack was contained and the referendum period extended to June 29 with polling locations increased.

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