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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

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.