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A woman wearing a face mask with the characters meaning "conscience" takes part in a protest against a government ban on protesters wearing face masks in Hong Kong on Friday. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Police try to stop a protester in the street in the Wanchai area in Hong Kong on Oct. 1, as the city observes the National Day holiday to mark the 70th anniversary of communist China's founding. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Riot police arrive after protesters vandalized property in Hong Kong on Sunday. Riot police fired tear gas Sunday after a large crowd of protesters at a Hong Kong shopping district ignored warnings to disperse in a second straight day of clashes, sparking fears of more violence ahead of China's National Day. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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Armored personnel carriers of China's People's Liberation Army pass through the Huanggang Port border between China and Hong Kong early Thursday. Yuan Junmin/Xinhua/AP hide caption

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The USS Green Bay anchored just outside Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, last year. Earlier this month, China refused to allow the Green Bay a port call at Hong Kong. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Police pull out their guns after a confrontation with demonstrators during a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday. One officer fired a warning shot in the air — the first such incident in 11 weeks of protests. Vincent Yu/AP hide caption

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Demonstrators try to pull down a smart lamppost during the protest in Hong Kong on Saturday that turned violent. The smart lampposts are raising fears of stepped-up surveillance from authorities. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Li Ka-shing speaks at a news conference in Hong Kong last year. The nonagenarian tycoon purchased full-page ads in local newspapers warning against violence — but at least one scholar of Chinese language sees a secret message of support for the protesters. Kin Cheung/AP hide caption

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Simon Cheng, a staff member of Britain's consulate in Hong Kong, who has been detained by Chinese authorities in the neighboring mainland city of Shenzhen, is seen in an unknown location in this undated photo obtained from the Facebook page "Free Simon Cheng." Social Media/FACEBOOK / FREE SIMON CHENG hide caption

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Protesters gather for a rally Sunday in Hong Kong. Many of the pro-democracy demonstrators have brandished umbrellas in a nod to a symbol widely used during the semiautonomous city's massive 2014 protests. Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A tourist gives her luggage to security guards as she tries to enter the departures gate during another demonstration by pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong International Airport on Tuesday. Philip Fong/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Hong Kong Protesters Might Bother Tourists, Or Pierce Their Conscience

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China's President Xi Jinping and President Trump chat as they pose for the group photo at the beginning of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, in June. Trump has offered to meet with Xi about resolving protests in Hong Kong. picture alliance via Getty Images hide caption

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Demonstrators sit and lie on the arrival hall floor at Hong Kong International Airport on Wednesday. Paul Yeung/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Pro-democracy protesters occupy the departure hall of the Hong Kong International Airport, which was closed on Monday. Anthony Kwan/Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands Of Protesters Storm Hong Kong Airport, Shutting Down Flights

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Yang Guang, spokesperson for mainland China's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of the State Council, speaks concerning the ongoing protests in Hong Kong during a news conference in Beijing on Tuesday. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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