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An aerial shot shows the skylines of Hon...An aerial shot shows the skylines of Hong Kong island (foreground) and Kowloon (back L) separated by Victoria harbour on April 23, 2015, a day after the city's government unveiled its Beijing-backed plan for leadership elections in 2017. Britain handed Hong Kong over to China in 1997 under a joint declaration which guaranteed political, social and economic freedoms not enjoyed on the Chinese mainland.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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An aerial shot shows the skylines of Hong Kong island (foreground) and Kowloon (back left) separated by Victoria harbour. The city’s government on Wednesday unveiled its Beijing-backed plan for leadership elections in 2017.

Lawmaker Ronny Tong sits beside placards left by pro-democracy lawmakers, after they left to boycott Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during a Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong April 22, 2015. The Hong Kong government unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city's next leader to lawmakers on Wednesday, in a plan that reflected China's desire for a tightly controlled poll that is likely to rile democracy activists.

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Lawmaker Ronny Tong sits beside placards left by pro-democracy lawmakers after they boycotted Hong Kong Chief Secretary Carrie Lam during a Legislative Council meeting in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong government on Wednesday unveiled a long-awaited electoral blueprint for selecting the city’s next leader, in a plan that reflected China’s desire for a tightly controlled poll that is likely to rile democracy activists

A visitor passes the inside section of Zhu Jinshi's 'Boat' Installation art is seen at The Rotunda, Exchange Square on Monday in Central, Hong Kong. The public exhibition brings to Hong Kong for the first time a monumental 18-metre long, 7-metre high installation, Boat by Zhu Jinshi, composed of bamboo, cotton and over 12,000 sheets of xuan (rice) paper. Zhu Jinshi is one of China's leading contemporary artists who has offered outstanding contributions to the field across various mediums, including painting, performance art and art installation. Xuan paper has been a major medium in the artist's repertoire since 1988 when, working in Berlin, he produced A Cube of Xuan Paper. Working on monumental site-specific xuan paper installations has been a constant line of exploration for Zhu

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A visitor passes inside a section of Zhu Jinshi’s ‘Boat’ Installation art at The Rotunda, Exchange Square on Monday in Hong Kong. The public exhibition brings to Hong Kong for the first time a monumental 18-metre long, 7-metre high installation composed of bamboo, cotton and over 12,000 sheets of xuan (rice) paper

Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung demands a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong...Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws an object at Hong Kong's Financial Secretary John Tsang (not pictured) to demand a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong February 25, 2015. Hong Kong announced measures totalling HK$290 million ($37 million) on Wednesday to help businesses hit by more than two months of pro-democracy protests as the government seeks to rebuild confidence in the Asia financial centre. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS CIVIL UNREST TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Pro-democracy lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung throws an object at Hong Kong’s financial secretary John Tsang to demand a universal retirement protection scheme during the annual budget report at the Legislative Council in Hong Kong 

The Hong Kong team competes during the women's team pursuit qualifying race at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris...REFILE - CORRECTING HEADLINE  The Hong Kong team, including Pang Yao, Yang Qianyu, Leung Bo Yee and Meng Zhao Juan, competes during the women's team pursuit qualifying race at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris, February 18, 2015.

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The Hong Kong team, including Pang Yao, Yang Qianyu, Leung Bo Yee and Meng Zhao Juan, competes during the women’s team pursuit qualifying race at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris on Wednesday

Performers gather during preparations fo...Performers gather during preparations for Chinese lunar new year celebrations in Hong Kong on February 17, 2015. The Chinese lunar new "year of the sheep" begins on February 19.   AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Performers gather during preparations for the lunar new year celebrations in Hong Kong. The Chinese ‘year of the sheep’ begins on February 19

A woman takes a selfie in front of a Lunar New Year display featuring sheep at a shopping mall in Hong Kong.

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A woman takes a selfie in front of a Lunar New Year display featuring sheep at a shopping mall in Hong Kong

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.