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A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA)...A Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA's Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong on August 29, 2014.  Hong Kong residents expressed alarm on August 29 after Chinese army vehicles were photographed travelling down a major thoroughfare, in what democracy activists condemned as a show of "military might" ahead of expected protests.

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A Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier stands guard at the entrance to the PLA’s Hong Kong Garrison headquarters in Hong Kong

Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk in the district of Central in Hong Kong on August 20, 2014. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a "one country, two systems" agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing's insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city's next leader in 2017.

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Pedestrians use umbrellas as they walk in the district of Central in Hong Kong. Hong Kong was handed back to China by Britain on July 1, 1997 under a “one country, two systems” agreement, which allows residents civil liberties not seen on the mainland, including free speech and the right to protest. But public discontent is at its highest for years notably over Beijing’s insistence that it vet candidates before the vote for the city’s next leader in 2017. Read more

People shield themselves from the rain with umbrellas as they cross an intersection in Hong Kong.

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People shield themselves from the rain with umbrellas as they cross an intersection in Hong Kong.

Rain clouds hang over Central in Hong Kong, Thursday, July 24, 2014. As activists vow to shut down Hong Kongís financial district in protest at Chinaís attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city, businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. Chanís investment company has added backup phone lines, bought extra laptops and stockpiled instant noodles in case its headquarters downtown is caught in the middle of the protest. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Rain clouds hang over central Hong Kong as activists vow to shut down its financial district in protest at China’s attempt to hobble democratic elections in the city. Businessman Bernard Chan is preparing for the worst. Chan’s investment company has added backup phone lines, bought in extra laptops and stockpiled instant noodles in case its headquarters downtown is caught in the middle of the protest. Read more

Tens of thousands of residents gather to march in downtown streets during an annual pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Hong Kong residents began marching through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger over Beijing's recent warning that it holds the ultimate authority over the southern Chinese financial center. The protest comes days after nearly 800,000 residents voted in a mock referendum aimed at bolstering support for full democracy. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

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Tens of thousands gather during an annual protest in Hong Kong. Residents began marching through the streets of the former British colony to push for greater democracy in a rally fueled by anger after China published a white paper reminding Hong Kong that its independence was subject to Beijing’s authority.

A figure of Transformer is displayed on top of a pier outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Hong Kong...A figure of Transformer is displayed on top of a pier outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Hong Kong June 18, 2014, where the world premiere of Transformer: Age of Extinction will be held on Thursday. Opposite the harbour is Hong Kong's business Central district. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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A Transformer robot is displayed outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre where the world premier of ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ will be held on Thursday Read more

French artist Grangeon throws one of his papier-mache pandas at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong airport...French artist Paulo Grangeon throws one of his papier-mache pandas displayed at the arrival hall of the Hong Kong airport June 9, 2014. The installation arrived in the city on Monday, launching the month-long "1600 Pandas World Tour in Hong Kong: Creativity meets Conservation" organized by a local art organiser, according to the official press release.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip

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French artist Paulo Grangeon tosses up one of his papier-mache pandas, on display in the arrival hall of Hong Kong airport. The installation arrived in the city on Monday, launching the month-long “1,600 pandas world tour in Hong Kong: Creativity meets conservation”.

Young participants hold candles as they join tens of thousands of people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday June 4, 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing.

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Young participants hold candles as they join tens of thousands of people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing

Participants compete in a dragon boat race in Hong Kong Monday, June 2, 2014, as part of celebrations marking the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival, held throughout Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Participants compete in a boat race in Hong Kong as part of celebrations marking the Chinese dragon boat festival. Read more

Fans take pictures of South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun (not seen) during a fan meeting at a promotional event in Hong Kong April 23, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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Fans take pictures of South Korean actor Kim Soo-hyun at a promotional event in Hong KongRead more