HONG KONG-CHINA-POLITICS-DEMOCRACYThe risk of civil unrest disrupting business has risen in one-fifth of the world over the last quarter, with Hong Kong and Ebola-struck Liberia leading the way, according to a new report. Mass demonstrations, labor protests and ethnic or religious violence have boosted risk in multiple countries, risk consultancy Maplecroft said in its Civil Unrest Index—a quarterly ranking of 197 countries. Hong Kong posted the biggest deterioration in civil stability due to the mass protests of recent days. The Chinese-administered territory has been rocked by massive street protests against Beijing’s tight restrictions on the elections of its next leader, due in 2017. Maplecroft upped Hong Kong’s risk rating to “high” from “medium”, and noted that the Chinese government’s response to the protests would be crucial in determining whether the situation deteriorated further. “Even if the current round of protests loses momentum, without concessions to improve the level of democratic accountability… the potential for further civil unrest in Hong Kong will persist, and will likely intensify further in the run-up to the 2017 elections,” said the report’s authors. More