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Hundreds of messages are stuck on the wall of the Legislative Counsel building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong

Pro-democracy demonstrators display placards as they gather near a ceremony marking China's 65th National Day in Hong Kong on October 1, 2014. Hong Kong protesters who braved thunderstorms to stage their third night of pro-democracy rallies began massing on October 1 at the city's Golden Bauhinia Square as China's National Day holiday lent their campaign for free elections fresh momentum.

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Pro-democracy demonstrators display placards as they gather near a ceremony marking China’s 65th National Day in Hong Kong on Wednesday

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A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong. The Democracy Protest continues on Tuesday as tens of thousands of protests continue to fill the streets. Read more

Pro Democracy Supporters Attempt To Bring Hong Kong To A Stand Still With Mass Rally...HONG KONG - SEPTEMBER 29:  Protesters sit on top of a parking ramp in the Central District on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections.  (Photo by Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)

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Protesters sit on top of a parking ramp in the Central District on Monday in Hong Kong. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government’s plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong’s 2017 elections.

Pro-democracy demonstrators rest after a night of protesting at a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. AFP PHOTO / DALE DE LA REYDALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images

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Pro-democracy demonstrators rest on Monday after a night of protesting outside the Hong Kong government headquarters. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of people brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on Sunday, in protest at Beijing’s refusal to grant universal suffrage. Read more

Students take part in a rally at Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 22, 2014 in Hong Kong. Thousands of students from more than 20 tertiary institutions start a week-long boycott of classes in protest against Beijing's conservative framework for political reform in Hong Kong.

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A rally at the Chinese University of Hong Kong saw thousands of students from more than 20 tertiary institutions start a week-long boycott of classes in protest against Beijing’s conservative framework for political reform in the region

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