Pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong's financial district are protesting the Chinese government's decision to rule out full democracy for the territory. The demonstrations began when China's Beijing government rejected a reform package put forth by Hong Kong democrats. The vetoed proposal called for universal suffrage and the open nomination of candidates for the city's 2017 elections. Although Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997, the city has enjoyed a greater degree of autonomy than the rest of China. A movement going by the name of "Occupy Central" is calling for a campaign of civil disobedience aimed at securing further democratic reforms for Hong Kong.