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Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground on a barricaded road in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on October 23, 2014. Major intersections in the southern Chinese city have been paralysed by mass rallies demanding free elections for more than three weeks, in one of the biggest challenges to Beijing's authority since the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests of 1989.

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Pro-democracy protesters stand their ground on a barricaded road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Thursday

A protester bleeds from his face as he tries to stop a group of anti-occupied taxi drivers trying to remove the barricades which block off main roads, near the line of riot police at the occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. On one side of the table sat the idealistic and earnest young students in jeans and black T-shirts, knapsacks by their sides. Facing them was the line-up of seasoned government officials in their formal suits.

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A protester bleeds as he attempts to stop taxi drivers trying to remove the barricades across main roads. The incident took place near a line of riot police at the occupied area, in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong.

A policeman runs towards protesters who were attempting to regroup after being forcibly cleared from the the area they were occupying in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong

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Police chase protesters attempting to regroup after being forcibly cleared from an area they were occupying in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong

A man walks past a barricade set up by pro-demoracy protesters in Hong Kong on October 16, 2014. Hong Kong's embattled leader made a dramatic u-turn reopening his offer of talks with student protesters a week after the government abruptly pulled out of discussions aimed at ending more than a fortnight of mass democracy rallies.

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Barricade debris set up by pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on Thursday litters a street. Hong Kong is suffering its worst crisis since the handover to China in 1997, as opposition mounts against Beijing’s plan for electoral reform in the Chinese territory

A protester leans over barricades after scuffling with police as they were trying to remove barricades that protesters have set up to block off main roads in Central district in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. Hong Kong police removed some barricades on Tuesday from the edge of pro-democracy protest zones that have choked off roads for weeks, the second straight day they have taken such action and signaling their growing impatience with the student-led demonstrators.

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A protester takes a break after scuffling with police as they attempted trying to remove barricades set up by demonstrators to block off the main roads in Hong Kong’s Central district

A wedding couple speak to police officer...A wedding couple speak to police officers as they try to leave the area of a pro-democracy protest in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on October 14, 2014.  Dozens of police removed barricades from a second Hong Kong protest site,  a day after a similar attempt at the city's main occupied area largely backfired as demonstrators rebuilt and reinforced their defences.  AFP PHOTO/Pedro UgartePEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images

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A wedding couple speak to police officers as they try to leave the area of a pro-democracy protest in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Dozens of police removed barricades from a second Hong Kong protest site, a day after a similar attempt at the city’s main occupied area largely backfired as demonstrators rebuilt and reinforced their defences.

Police officers gather near a pro-democracy protest in the Central district of Hong Kong on October 13, 2014. Hong Kong has been plunged into the worst political crisis since its 1997 handover as pro-democracy activists take over the streets following China's refusal to grant citizens full universal suffrage.

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Police officers gather near a pro-democracy protest in the central district of Hong Kong on Monday.

Pro-democracy demonstrators (R) carry their breakfast on a highway in Hong Kong

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Pro-democracy demonstrators (R) carry their breakfast on a highway in Hong Kong, where protesters are planning a fresh show of force after talks with the government dramatically collapsed on Thursday

Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the ground near a barricade in Hong Kong on October 9, 2014.  While numbers at demonstration sites around the city have dwindled to a few hundred after days of mass rallies to demand fully free elections, those who remain at the barricades say they will not give ground.

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Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the ground near a barricade in Hong Kong on Thursday

A wall of post it messages of support is seen near an occupied area in Hong Kong on October 7, 2014.  Small knots of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong's streets after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government and dwindling demonstrator numbers dropped further.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A wall of post-it messages of support is seen near an occupied area in Hong Kong. Small knots of pro-democracy demonstrators remained on Hong Kong’s streets after protest leaders agreed to talks with the government 

A protester sits under a tent as she help to block an area around the government headquarters in Hong Kong October 6, 2014. Pro-democracy protests in Chinese-controlled Hong Kong subsided on Monday as students and civil servants returned to school and work after more than a week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience. Protesters lifted a blockade of government offices in the heart of the city, which had been the focal point of their action which initially drew tens of thousands onto the streets. The civil servants were allowed to pass through protesters' barricades unimpeded.

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A protester sits under a tent as she helps block an area around the government headquarters in Hong Kong. Pro-democracy protests in Beijing-controlled Hong Kong subsided on Monday as students and civil servants returned to school and work after more than a week of demonstrations, but activists vowed to keep up their campaign of civil disobedience.

A protester tries to fix a makeshift tent as he joins others in blocking areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong

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A protester tries to fix a makeshift tent as he joins others in blocking areas around the government headquarters building in Hong Kong 

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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. 

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. 

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.