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.
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Aside from Hong Kong, Liberia also had its risk rating raised to "high" from "medium", following the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. The impoverished West African country has suffered violent protests in the wake of the Ebola epidemic, which has claimed around 739 lives in the country to date, according to the World Health Organization.
One example of extreme violence occurred in August, when four people were injured after police fired live rounds and tear gas at those protesting against a quarantine aimed at stemming the spread of the deadly virus.
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