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Pro-democracy lawmakers carrying yellow ...Pro-democracy lawmakers carrying yellow umbrellas  --the symbol of the pro-democracy movement-- walk out of the legislative chamber as the consultation document is about to be presented in Hong Kong on January 7, 2015.  Tensions remain high following more than two months of mass protests for fully free elections that failed to win concessions for pro-democracy campaigners.  AFP PHOTO /  AARON TAMaaron tam/AFP/Getty Images

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Pro-democracy lawmakers carrying yellow umbrellas — the symbol of the pro-democracy movement — walk out of the legislative chamber as the consultation document is about to be presented in Hong Kong

Traffic resumes after the last "Occupy" protest site is cleared at a main road at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong...Traffic resumes after the last "Occupy" protest site is cleared at a main road at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong December 15, 2014. Hong Kong authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the closure of demonstration camps in the city that have blocked streets for more than two months. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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Traffic resumes after the last Occupy protest site is cleared at a retail district in Hong Kong. The authorities arrested several pro-democracy activists on Monday as they cleared the last of three protest sites, marking the end of the demonstrations that have blocked the city’s streets for more than two months.

Workers remove a banner at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters outside the People's Liberation  Army  headquarters in Hong Kong. Authorities started, on Thursday, clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city's most economically and politically important district for more than two months.

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Workers remove a banner at an area blocked by pro-democracy protesters outside the People’s Liberation Army headquarters in Hong Kong. Authorities started, on Thursday, clearing the main pro-democracy protest site that has choked roads into the city’s most economically and politically important district for more than two months.

A man walks past a message written on an overpass by pro-democracy protesters at the financial Central district in Hong Kong

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A man walks past a message written on an overpass by pro-democracy protesters at the financial Central district in Hong Kong

A giant 60-meter-tall ferris wheel is lit up as it is used by passengers for the first time, in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

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A giant 60-meter-tall ferris wheel is lit up as it is used by passengers for the first time, in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.

Students read books in their tents at the pro-democracy movement's main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on December 2, 2014. The leader of the student pro-democracy group Scholarism, Joshua Wong and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike on December 1, raising the stakes after one of the worst nights of violence to hit the demonstrations.

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Students read books in their tents at the pro-democracy movement’s main protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Tuesday. The leader of the student pro-democracy group Scholarism, Joshua Wong, and two other student demonstrators went on hunger strike on Monday.

Pro-democracy protester and a policeman fall to the ground as two other policemen detain protester during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong

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A pro-democracy protester and a policeman fall to the ground as two other policemen detain the protester during clashes outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on Monday

A police officer blows the whistle to the protesters as they remove the barricades at an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in the volatile Mong Kok district for a second day Wednesday after a night of clashes in which police arrested 116 people.

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A police officer blows his whistle at pro-democracy protesters as barricades are removed from an occupied area in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Wednesday

Police clash with protesters as they try to clear the street after agents authorized by bailiff's removed barricades on Argyle Street in Mongkok district on November 25, 2014 in Hong Kong. The Mong Kok protest site is scheduled for clearance by baliffs this week after Hong Kong's high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders.

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Police clash with protesters as they try to clear the street after agents authorized by bailiff’s removed barricades on Argyle Street in Mongkok district on Tuesday in Hong Kong. The Mong Kok protest site is scheduled for clearance by baliffs this week after Hong Kong’s high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders

Bailiffs walk past people at a make-shift library set up by pro-democracy protesters blocking a main road at Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong, November 24, 2014. An injunction has been issued by the court, but not yet enforced, for two main streets in the gritty district of Mong Kok, which has seen some of the most violent clashes of the past seven weeks.

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Bailiffs walk past people at a makeshift library set up by pro-democracy protesters blocking a main road at the Mong Kok shopping district in Hong Kong on Monday. An injunction to clear the road has been issued but not yet enforced.

Police & Bailiffs Move In To Clear Hong Kong Protest Sites After Seven Weeks of Demonstrations

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A pro-democracy protester prepares to sleep in his tent at the Mongkok occupy site on Thursday in Hong Kong. In a random poll of 513 people conducted by the University of Hong Kong and released yesterday, showed support for the movement decreasing with 83% of those surveyed saying the eight week occupation should end.

Police officers disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Wednesday in Hong Kong. Yesterday Baliffs oversaw the removal of some barricades blocking access to Citic Tower after an injunction was requested by the owners. Hong Kong's high court has authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct bailiffs on the three interim restraining orders.The court order comes as democracy protests enter their eighth week.

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Police disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Wednesday

A volunteer marshall sits at a first aid encampment set up by pro-democracy protesters at a protest site in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on November 14, 2014. More than a month after tens of thousands of Hong Kongers took to the streets demanding free leadership elections for the semi-autonomous Chinese city, weary demonstrators remain encamped across several major roads.

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A volunteer marshall at a first-aid post at an encampment set up by pro-democracy protesters in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Friday.

A man, who attempted to attack Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai, is held on the ground with his limbs tied by pro-democracy protesters in an occupied area in Hong Kong...A man, who attempted to attack Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai, is held on the ground with his limbs tied by pro-democracy protesters in an occupied area in Hong Kong November 12, 2014. Three men were restrained by pro-democracy protesters after they tried to attack Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported pro-democracy activists through his publications and with donations, at the protest site. Pro-democracy protesters used plastic cords to bind the men as they waited for police to arrive at the scene.   REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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A man, who attempted to attack Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai, is held on the ground with his limbs tied by pro-democracy protesters in an occupied area in Hong Kong. Three men were restrained by pro-democracy protesters after they tried to attack Lai, an outspoken critic of Beijing who has supported pro-democracy activists through his publications and with donations, at the protest site. Pro-democracy protesters used plastic cords to bind the men as they waited for police to arrive at the scene. 

TOPSHOTS Posters showing pictures of the...TOPSHOTS Posters showing pictures of the eyes of pro-democracy protesters are displayed in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on November 11, 2014.  Hong Kong bailiffs and police are planning to take action at pro-democracy protest sites in the city, as pressure grows on demonstrators to leave, the government said. AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Posters showing the eyes of pro-democracy protesters are displayed in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Bailiffs and police are planning to take action at protest sites in the city, as pressure grows on demonstrators to leave, the government said. 

One year anniversary of typhoon Haiyan  ...epa04474251 A Filipino girl runs past mannequins for sale in Anibong village, Tacloban City, which was damaged by the 2013 Typhoon Haiyan in Leyte province, Philippines, 03 November 2014. Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines in 2015 is scheduled from 15 to 19 January, he will visit victims of Typhoon Haiyan. One year after Haiyan left nearly 8,000 people dead or missing in the eastern Philippines, many survivors are still suffering from emotional distress despite being busy with physically rebuilding their lives. Over four million people were displaced when Haiyan destroyed or damaged almost everything in its path as it swept through the eastern and central Philippines on 08 November 2013. At least one million of these survivors were residents of coastal communities devastated by tidal surges as high as 10 meters, and are being prioritized for relocation.  EPA/DENNIS M. SABANGAN

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No photo signs at pro-democracy encampments in Hong Kong. While some protesters are happy to be interviewed and photographed, others do not want their faces shown for fear of possible reprisals from the authorities who have declared the rallies illegal. 

Hong Kong Students Use Artwork To Express Anti CY Leung Sentiments...HONG KONG - OCTOBER 29:  A poster showing Hong Kong's Chief Executive C.Y. Leung is seen on a wall at the Occupy Central protest site in the Admiralty District on October 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The protest site is full of artwork, changing daily as new pieces are put up across the walls outside Hong Kong's Government Complex. Artwork showing C.Y. Leung are among the most popular.  Peaceful creative expression has become a real passion at the protest as art is displayed everywhere at the site.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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A poster showing Hong Kong‘s Chief Executive C.Y. Leung is seen on a wall at the Occupy Central protest site in the Admiralty District in Hong Kong, Hong Kong. The protest site is full of artwork, changing daily as new pieces are put up across the walls outside Hong Kong’s Government Complex.

Business people eat their lunch in a part of Hong Kong's financial central district occupied by pro-democracy protesters

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Business people eat their lunch in a part of Hong Kong’s financial central district occupied by pro-democracy protesters

Hong Kong Occupy Central...epa04465744 A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a stretch of Nathan Road blocked by activists during the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong in the Mongkok district, Hong Kong, China, 27 October 2014. The government told the High Court that it was prepared to arrest anyone who flouts injunctions requiring the clearance of areas occupied by civil disobedience protesters.  EPA/JEROME FAVRE

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A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a stretch of Nathan Road blocked by activists during Occupy Hong Kong, the mass civil disobedience campaign in the Mongkok district. The government told the High Court it was prepared to arrest anyone who flouted injunctions requiring the clearance of areas occupied by protesters. 

Anti-occupied protesters holding Chinese national flag, demand to remove the barricade in the occupied area in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong plan to hold a spot referendum Sunday on whether to stay in the streets or accept government offers for more talks and clear their protest camps.

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Anti-occupy protesters hold a Chinese national flag and demand barricades be removed from the occupied area in Hong Kong‘s Mong Kok district on Friday