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Hong Kong unrest

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Police remove barricades and tents outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Thursday, December 11, 2014. The main site of pro-democracy protests for the past two months was broken down piece by piece, and police dragged out the last remaining demonstrators one by one. Vincent Yu/AP
Workers clear barricades on December 11. Protesters wanted to pressure the government to allow open elections for Hong Kong's chief executive in 2017. Vincent Yu/AP
Authorities dismantle a barricade December 11 at the main protest site. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer removes a protest banner from a bridge December 11. Kin Cheung/AP
A worker cleans the street after Hong Kong police dismantled the main protest camp December 11. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters attend a sit-in rally as police officers break down the campsite. Kin Cheung/AP
Police officers take away a protester December 11. Kin Cheung/AP
A protester is carried away by police officers on December 11. Vincent Yu/AP
A crowd listens to a speaker at the main Hong Kong protest site in Admiralty on Tuesday, December 9. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Few pro-democracy activists tents remain on the road outside Hong Kong's Government Complex on December 9. Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Hong Kong teenage protest leader Joshua Wong ended his hunger strike after about five days on Saturday, December 6, on the advice of his doctor. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
The three co-founders of the Occupy Central movement -- from left, Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man, and the Rev. Chu Yiu-ming -- surrender to authorities in Hong Kong on Wednesday, December 3. Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Student protest leader Joshua Wong carries his belongings toward a tent at the main protest site in Hong Kong's Admiralty district on Tuesday, December 2. Wong and two other student demonstrators have begun a hunger strike to demand discussions with Hong Kong's leaders over political reform for the city. JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters gather outside the Central Government Complex in Hong Kong on Monday, December 1. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Police arrest a protester outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on December 1. Vincent Yu/AP
A police officer clears umbrellas from the Lung Wo road tunnel after clashes between protesters and police on December 1. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters face police forces after clashes in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Sunday, November 30. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A protester reacts after being hit by pepper spray on November 30. Vincent Yu/AP
Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters face off with Hong Kong police on November 30. Kin Cheung/AP
Pro-democracy protesters collide with police officers on the main road outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong on November 30. Kin Cheung
Police prepare to face protesters on Lung Wo Road outside Hong Kong's Government complex on November 30.
Pro-democracy protesters push police back as they advance on Lung Wo Road outside Hong Kong's Government complex on November 30. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Policemen keep vigil as pro-democracy demonstrators gather on street parallel to where a protest site was cleared in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Friday, November 28. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters cry as police officers try to stop them from blocking the road in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on Wednesday, November 26. Kin Cheung/AP
Police clash with protesters as they try to clear a major protest site on Tuesday, November 25. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
A protester is carried away by police officers on November 25. Hong Kong's high court authorized police to arrest protesters who obstruct clearance of the area. Vincent Yu/AP
Police try to arrest a protester on November 25. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
A demonstrator is sprayed with pepper spray by the police after refusing to leave the protest site on November 25. Kin Cheung/AP
Protesters break a glass door of the Legislative Council on Wednesday, November 19. Associated Press
Protesters stand off with police officers outside the Legislative Council building after clashes on November 19. Anthony Kwan/Getty
Security staff members remove a barricade outside the CITIC tower near a protest site in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Tuesday, November 18. philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty
There were no signs of resistance from protesters, some of whom helped bailiffs, police and CITIC representatives move barricades away on November 18. philippe lopez/afp/getty
The Admiralty protest site is shown on the road outside the Hong Kong Government complex on Monday, November 17. Chris McGrath/Getty
Student leaders attempted to fly to Beijing to deliver a message to the Chinese government on Saturday, November 15. They were denied boarding after being informed that their entry permits were invalid. Alex Ogle/Getty
A businessman walks to work past protester-placed barricades that blocked a road at the Admiralty protest site on Thursday, November 13. Kevin Frayer/Getty
People open umbrellas at the main protest site in Hong Kong on Tuesday, October 28. The umbrella has become the defining image of the protest movement, used to shield protesters from tear gas and the elements. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Riot police stand guard near a barricade in a protester-occupied area on Wednesday, October 22. Kin Cheung/AP
Pro-democracy protesters at an occupied area outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong watch a live broadcast of talks between Hong Kong government officials and protesters on Tuesday, October 21. Vincent Yu/AP
Police and protesters face each other across a barricade as tensions continue in Hong Kong on Monday, October 20. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Riot police advance on a pro-democracy protest encampment early Sunday, October 19. Vincent Yu/AP
A woman reads on a road barricaded by pro-democracy protesters on October 19. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers yell at pro-democracy protesters as they push forward in an attempt to clear a street on Saturday, October 18. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters sleep next to a barricade on October 18 after reclaiming streets in Mong Kok after a night of violent scuffles with police. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
A journalist collapses in agony after being hit in the face with pepper spray during clashes with police on Friday, October 17. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Police use batons to hit pro-democracy protesters who are using raised umbrellas for protection on October 17. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters and riot police officers face off at a main road on October 17. Vincent Yu/AP
People shout at pro-democracy protesters on October 17. Vincent Yu/AP
Riot police clear out an encampment of protesters on October 17. Police swooped in early to dismantle the protest campsite. Wally Santana/AP
Demonstrators remove their belongings from a protest camp early on October 17. Wally Santana/AP
Pro-democracy protesters break down as riot police clear their camp October 17. Wally Santana/AP
Riot police remove barricades on October 17. Kin Cheung/AP
Hong Kong Chief Executive C.Y. Leung arrives for a news conference on October 16. He said talks would resume with students as early as next week, but he said street protests had caused severe disruption and could not continue. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy demonstrator Ken Tsang gets taken taken away by police before allegedly being beaten up in Hong Kong on October 15. Authorities have vowed to conduct an investigation into a widely circulated video that appears to show plainclothes officers kicking and punching the man. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A police officer shouts at a protester who was hit with pepper spray on October 15. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters hide behind umbrellas to protect themselves from pepper spray on October 15. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Protesters move barriers as others block a main road in Hong Kong with metal and plastic safety barriers on October 15. Kin Cheung/AP
Police march toward pro-democracy protesters outside central government offices on October 15. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters gather near central government offices on October 15. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Police move toward pro-democracy protesters during a standoff outside central government offices on October 14. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Police remove bamboo that pro-democracy protesters had set up to block off main roads on October 14. Vincent Yu/AP
Pro-democracy protesters watch as police remove barricades on October 14. Kin Cheung/AP
Cleaners sweep the main road after the police's removal of barricades on October 14. Vincent Yu/AP
Police ask a protester to leave the main road of Hong Kong's Central district on October 14. Kin Cheung/AP
Police dismantle barricades from the streets on October 14. Kin Cheung/AP
Police officers run to barricades set up by protesters on October 14. Kin Cheung/AP
Protesters raise their hands behind police officers after people tried to remove the metal barricades that protesters set up to block off main roads near the city's financial district on October 13. Vincent Yu/AP
A police officer tries to stop a man from removing metal barricades set up by protesters on October 13. Vincent Yu/AP
A police officer scuffles with a man on October 13. Vincent Yu/AP
Police officers arrest a demonstrator on October 13. PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images
A demonstrator sets up a new barricade made of bamboo in Hong Kong on October 13. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Police officers remove barricades used by protesters on October 13. Vincent Yu/AP
Taxi drivers protest in Hong Kong on October 13, urging pro-democracy demonstrators to clear the roads. Bex Wright/CNN
People gather beneath the statue "Umbrella Man," by the Hong Kong artist known as Milk, which has become a symbol at the protest site, on Saturday, October 11, in Hong Kong. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters remain scattered at the protest site in Admiralty on Thursday, October 9. The government canceled talks that day after protest leaders urged supporters to keep up the occupation. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
Taxi drivers attend a small demonstration calling for protesters to stop blocking roads through the city on October 9. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
A woman drinks a soda as she walks past a barricade erected by pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong on October 9. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a street in the occupied area surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 8. Vincent Yu/AP
A pro-democracy protester reads a newspaper in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on Tuesday, October 7, as a police officer stands nearby. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters walk up an empty street inside the protest site near Hong Kong's government complex on October 7. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student protest leader, is interviewed at the protest site near government headquarters on Monday, October 6. Wong Maye-E/AP
A man walks to work as pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the road in the occupied areas surrounding the government complex in Hong Kong on October 6. Kin Cheung/AP
A ray of sunlight bathes sleeping protesters as they occupy a major highway in Hong Kong on October 6. Protesters say Beijing has gone back on its pledge to allow universal suffrage in Hong Kong, which was promised "a high degree of autonomy" when it was handed back to China by Britain in 1997. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
People take an escalator to work as protesters sleep on October 6. Kin Cheung/AP
The statue "Umbrella Man," by the Hong Kong artist known as Milk, stands at a pro-democracy protest site in the Admiralty district on October 6. Vivian Kam/CNN
People walk to work on a main road in the occupied areas of Hong Kong on October 6. Kin Cheung/AP
Police officers remove barriers outside government offices in Hong Kong on Sunday, October 5. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
Student protesters carry a barrier to block a street leading to the protest site on October 5. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Pro-democracy demonstrators occupy the streets near government headquarters on October 5. Wong Maye-E/AP
Pro-democracy demonstrators surround police October 5 in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images
A pro-democracy protester holds on to a barrier as he and others defend a barricade from attacks by rival protest groups in the Mong Kok district on Saturday, October 4. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy student protesters pin a man to the ground after an assault during a scuffle with local residents in Mong Kok on October 4. Wally SantanaAP
Pro-democracy protesters raise their arms in a sign of nonviolence as they protect a barricade from rival protest groups in the Mong Kok district on October 4. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A pro-Beijing activist holds up blue ribbons for anti-Occupy Central protestors to collect as pro-government speeches are made in the Kowloon district of Hong Kong on October 4. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images
A man sits in front of a barricade built by pro-democracy protesters on October 4 in the Kowloon district. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images
Thousands of pro-democracy activists attend a rally on the streets near government headquarters on October 4 in Hong Kong. Wong Maye-E
A group of men in masks fight with a man who tried to stop them from removing barricades from a pro-democracy protest area in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Friday, October 3. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)
Police raise hands against protesters as an ambulance tries to leave the compound of the chief executive office in Hong Kong on October 3. Vincent Yu/AP
A protester tries to negotiate with angry residents trying to remove barricades blocking streets in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay on October 3. Large crowds opposed to the pro-democracy movement gathered to clear the area. Wally Santana/AP
Pro-democracy demonstrators protect a barricade from "anti-Occupy" crowds in Hong Kong on October 3. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
A man shouts at a pro-democracy demonstrator on October 3. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Police try to pry a man from a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators on October 3. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy demonstrators sleep on the street outside a government complex in Hong Kong on Thursday, October 2. Wally Santana/AP
As the sun rises, a protester reads during a sit-in blocking the entrance to the chief executive's office on October 2. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Yellow ribbons, a symbol of the protests in Hong Kong, are tied to a fence as police and security officers stand guard at the government headquarters on October 2. DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters confront police outside the government complex in Hong Kong on October 2. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Protesters camp out in a street in Hong Kong on Wednesday, October 1. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Founder of the student pro-democracy group Scholarism, Joshua Wong, center, stands in silent protest with supporters at the flag-raising ceremony at Golden Bauhinia Square in Hong Kong on October 1. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Hong Kong's Chief Executive C.Y. Leung attends a flag raising ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China on October 1. AFP PHOTO / ALEX OGLE
A pro-democracy activist shouts slogans on a street near the government headquarters on Wednesday, October 1. AP Photo/Wong Maye-E
Hong Kong police stand guard outside the flag-raising ceremony October 1. ALEX HOFFORD/EPA/LANDOV
Pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a third night in Hong Kong on Tuesday, September 30. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters sing songs and wave their cell phones in the air after a massive thunderstorm passed over the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 30. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Protesters take part in a rally on a street outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 30. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Student activists rest on a road in Hong Kong on September 30, near the government headquarters where pro-democracy activists have gathered. Wong Maye-E/AP
A pro-democracy demonstrator guards a bus covered with messages of support in Hong Kong on September 30. PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Image
Protesters sleep on the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex at sunrise on September 30. Paula Bronstein/Getty Images
Protesters hold up their cell phones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the Legislative Council headquarters in Hong Kong on Monday, September 29. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters put on goggles and wrap themselves in plastic on September 29 after hearing a rumor that police were coming with tear gas. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Police officers stand off with protesters next to the Hong Kong police headquarters on September 29. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
A man helps protesters use a makeshift ladder to climb over concrete street barricades on September 29. Chris McGrath/Getty Images
Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets around government buildings in Hong Kong on September 29. Wally Santana/AP
Police officers rest after protests on September 29. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters argue with a man, left, who opposes the occupation of Nathan Road in Hong Kong on September 29. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters sit in a road as they face off with local police on September 29. Wong Maye-E/AP
Pro-democracy protesters rest around empty buses as they block Nathan Road in Hong Kong on September 29. Multiple bus routes have been suspended or diverted. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Police walk down a stairwell as demonstrators gather outside government buildings in Hong Kong on September 29. DALE de la REY/AFP/Getty Images
Stacks of umbrellas are ready for protesters to use as shields against pepper spray on September 29. Wong Maye-E/AP
Protesters turn the Chinese flag upside-down on September 29 outside a commercial building near the main Occupy Central protest area in Hong Kong. AP Photo/Vincent Yu
Protesters occupy a main road in the Central district of Hong Kong after riot police used tear gas against them on Sunday, September 28. Vincent Yu/AP
Demonstrators disperse as tear gas is fired during a protest on September 28. There is an "optimal amount of police officers dispersed" around the scene, a Hong Kong police representative said. Anthony Kwan/Getty images
Police use pepper spray and tear gas against demonstrators September 28. The protests, which have seen thousands of students in their teens and 20s take to the streets, swelled in size over the weekend. Wally Santana/AP
Riot police clash with protesters on September 28. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images
Police and protesters clash during a tense standoff with thousands of student demonstrators, recently joined by the like-minded Occupy Central movement, on September 28. Vincent Yu/AP
Benny Tai, center, founder of the Occupy Central movement, raises a fist after announcing the group would join the students during a demonstration outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on September 28. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy activist and former legislator Martin Lee wears goggles and a mask to protect against pepper spray on September 28. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
A pro-democracy activist shouts at police officers behind a fence with yellow ribbons on September 28. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
A sign for the Hong Kong central government offices has been crossed out with red tape by democracy activists on September 28. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images
Pro-democracy protesters gather near government headquarters on September 29. ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters gather during a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Legislative Counsel on September 28 as calls for Beijing to grant the city universal suffrage grow louder and more fractious. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters tie up barricades on September 28 during a demonstration outside the headquarters of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Images
An injured protester is tended to after clashing with riot police outside Hong Kong government complex on Saturday, September 27. Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Riot police use pepper spray on pro-democracy activists who forced their way into the Hong Kong government headquarters during a demonstration on September 27. Apple Daily/AP
People watch from on high as pro-democracy demonstrators are surrounded by police after storming a courtyard outside Hong Kong's legislative headquarters on Friday, September 26. JEROME TAYLOR/AFP/Getty Images
Students march to Government House in Hong Kong on Thursday, September 25. XAUME OLLEROS/AFP/Getty Image