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Police fire tear gas on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong

Police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse thousands of pro-democracy protesters, who had blocked the main thoroughfare leading to Hong Kong’s financial district and assembled in front of government headquarters this weekend, Reuters reports.

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The protest, which was taken over by pro-democracy group, “Occupy Central with Peace and Love”, follows a week-long strike by students, according to the Associated Press.

University students began skipping classes on Sept. 22 to show their disapproval for the late-August ruling by Beijing’s central government against a fully democratic election for Hong Kong’s next leader in 2017, The New York Times reported.

The protests were peaceful up until Friday, when student-led demonstrators broke through a cordon and scaled a fence to enter the city’s main government compound, reports Reuters.

More than 60 people have been arrested and more than 30 have suffered minor injuries, according to the BBC.

On its Facebook page, the Hong Kong Federation of Students called for people to retreat, because they feared that police would use rubber bullets to break up the crowds. They asked people in the group to save their energy for future protests.

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