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HK protesters mark 'National Day'
01 Oct 2014 10:10
Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong today, some of them jeering National Day celebrations.
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Demonstrations have spread to a new area of the city, ratcheting up pressure on its pro-Beijing government.
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There was little sign of momentum flagging on the fifth day of the mass campaign.
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Its aim has been to occupy sections of the city and express fury at a Chinese decision to limit voters' choices in a 2017 leadership election.
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Many had feared police would use force to move crowds before the start to celebrations marking the anniversary of the Communist Party's foundation of the People's Republic of China in 1949.
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Those fears proved unfounded.
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The crowds have brought large sections of the Asian financial hub to a standstill, disrupting businesses from banks to jewellers.
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