Nice illustration of the paradox of protest, Hong Kong style:
The calm and poise of the demonstrators Tuesday seemed to help reassure the business community that future protests would not severely disrupt commerce, resulting in a 1.55 percent rise in the Hong Kong stock market on Wednesday. But while the protesters disproved government warnings that their activities would lead to chaos, their civil behavior could also lead to an impression that they are manageable, which could limit the pressure they are able to bring to bear on the government for changes.
Allied with this is that the pan-democrat mainstream is still stuck in the mindset of Hong Kong as a business city and couch many of their arguments in terms of maintaining the impartial rule of law and the territory's excellent recent record on fighting corruption, and the contribution these make to Hong Kong as a place to do business. Of course, the pan-democrats also tend towards decency on social security, rights at work and similar issues, but these are usually very much a subsidiary part of the general argument.
This is like bringing cake to a knife fight. The local tycoonocracy like nice impartial rule of law things too, or at least they like to pay lip service to them, but they'd also be quite happy with a PRC style insider business culture, not least because so long as they support Beijing, they are among the insiders. This is not much different from the way business lobbies anywhere, but what we have in Hong Kong is the Communists and the Capitalists united against the Democrats - a very 21st century line up.
The Democrats themselves tend to be a bit on the fissile side, which is why Beijing should follow Anson Chan's advice in the article at the link and allow pro-democratic candidates to stand. In fact, it should ensure that as many as possible do so. In the 2012 Hong Kong Legislative Council elections, the pan-democrats won an absolute majority of the vote - 56% - but it was split between four or five parties. The pro-Beijing - or maybe more appropriately 'accomodationist' vote - trailed at 42% , but most of that went to the DAB, the main pro-Beijing party, which became the biggest elected component of Legco. A repeat of this process in the elections for Chief Executive would solve the Hong Kong democracy 'problem' quite nicely from China's point of view.