Asian shares mostly lower amid Hong Kong protests

<p>Asian markets were mostly down today after pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.</p>

Asian markets were mostly down today (September 30th) as investors worried about China's response to pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in one of the biggest political challenges to Beijing in 25 years.

Although Sunday night saw police fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters in the financial hub, Monday's protest went peacefully.

Today, protesters persisted, saying they would not leave until Beijing gives in to their demands to be able to choose their own leader through democratic elections. 

Hong Kong sank 1.28 per cent to 22,932.98, while Tokyo closed 0.84 per cent lower to 16,173.52, and Seoul slipped 0.32 per cent to end at 2,020.09.

Sydney added 0.54 per cent to 5,292.8 and Shanghai was up 0.26 per cent to 2,363.87.

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