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Hong Kong Protesters Defy Police Orders to Retreat

Police baton-charged and pepper-sprayed thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators who were trying to encircle government headquarters.

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A protester is arrested by police officers outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police as they tried to surround Hong Kong government headquarters late Sunday, stepping up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after camping out on the city's streets for more than two months.

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Pro-democracy protesters clash with police outside Hong Kong's government complex on Dec. 1. Leaders from the Federation of Students called on fellow protesters to attend a rally and come prepared for escalated action. Protesters were asked to bring masks, umbrellas and helmets in a bid to move the protests forward after police successfully cleared the Mong Kok protest site earlier this week.

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A pro-democracy protester blocks a riot policeman during a clash outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, on Dec. 1, 2014. Hong Kong police baton-charged and pepper-sprayed thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators in the early hours of Monday who were trying to encircle government headquarters, defying orders to retreat after more than two months of protests.

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Pro-democracy protesters gather as police as riot police attempt to clear a demonstration site near the officer of the Chief Executive in Hong Kong, on Dec.

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A pro-democracy protester raises his hand and shouts outside the government headquarters on Dec. 1, in Hong Kong.

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A protester lies on the stairway as police try to remove him and others from a tube station near government headquarters in Hong Kong, on Dec. 1.

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Police use pepper spray during clashes with pro-democracy protesters close to the chief executive office in Hong Kong, on Nov. 30.

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A pro-democracy protester washes his face after being hit by pepper spray outside government headquarters in Hong Kong, on Nov. 30.

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A pro-democracy protester sleeps next to barricades on Lung Wo Road outside government headquarters on Dec. 1, in Hong Kong.

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