Pro-democracy protesters shout slogans during a standoff with police outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Wednesday. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Police forces remove pro-democracy barricades in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong at dawn on Tuesday. Police armed with bolt cutters, chainsaws and sledgehammers made a renewed attempt to remove barricades along a stretch of the main protest site held by pro-democracy demonstrators for the past two weeks. Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A student prays in front of a temporary altar during a rally outside government headquarters in Hong Kong on Sept. 24. Bobby Yip/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Protesters dressed as Chinese Red Guards chant during a May demonstration in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong. People from Hong Kong staged a satirical rally to urge Chinese tourists to stay in mainland China. Competition for housing, grades and jobs between the two groups have produced deep tensions. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images hide caption

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A woman walks past umbrellas with pro-democracy slogans written on them at a protest site near Hong Kong government headquarters on Saturday. Wong Maye-E/AP hide caption

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A pro-democracy protester sleeps on a concrete road divider on a street outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on Sunday in Hong Kong. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

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Pro-democracy protesters chant slogans as they gather next to the central government offices in Hong Kong on Wednesday. Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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People read newspapers placed along a street blocked by protesters outside the government headquarters building in Hong Kong on Wednesday. While Hong Kong media are covering the protests closely, media in mainland China have been mostly quiet. Carlos Barria/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Pro-democracy activists sleep, rest and walk on a street near the government headquarters Tuesday in Hong Kong. Students and activists, many of whom have been camped out since late Friday, spent a peaceful night singing as they blocked streets in Hong Kong in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience to push demands for genuine democratic reforms. Wong Maye-E/AP hide caption

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Protesters march as they block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, on Monday. Protesters at times numbering in the tens of thousands have gathered to demand the right to choose the territory's next leaders. Carlos Barria/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Riot police launch tear gas into a crowd of thousands of protesters outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong Sunday. Police warned of further measures as they tried to clear the streets. Wally Santana/AP hide caption

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Students and teachers attend a rally during the class boycott at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on Monday. Thousands of students have braved sweltering heat to demand greater democracy for the territory. Tyrone Siu/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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