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Hong Kong Protesters Defiant Despite Police Deadline

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Some pro-democracy protesters began to remove barricades in parts of Hong Kong Sunday after police warned of taking "all necessary measures" to clear the streets by the beginning of the work week. However, others were defiant and pledged to continue their occupation of key streets as part of what has become known as the ‘Umbrella Revolution'.

Students occupying the area outside Hong Kong's government headquarters agreed to remove some barricades that have blocked the building's entrance. Meanwhile, protesters in the crowded suburb of Mong Kok were divided as leaders urged them to pack up and head to the Admiralty district, adjacent to the city's main business district. "We will be back. Fight till the end," others chanted - and the crowd appeared to grow.

Police officers – wearing cameras and carrying pepper spray – continued to break up scuffles between pro-democracy campaigners and crowds, claiming to be weary local residents, calling for the students to leave. One man climbed on a bridge for several hours shouting for the protests to end.

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Ed Flanagan and Alastair Jamieson

Reuters contributed to this report.

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