Photos Of Hong Kong's Fierce Occupy Central Protests Will Take Your Breath Away

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Following growing unrest sparked by tear gas, baton charges and arrests, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests continued in the embattled region Monday. Although the Chinese government has called for an end to the protests, students, activists and residents once again took to the streets, maneuvering around police blockades and even police officers themselves to advocate for democratic elections.

The protests were triggered by China's recent decision to bar the semi-autonomous region from voting for its leader in the 2017 election — a major blow to Hong Kong residents who were hoping to move their territory into full democracy. Hong Kong residents will now only be able to vote for three pro-Beijing candidates, who were not chosen by the people but by a Chinese government panel.

The Hong Kong protests reportedly began peacefully, with students and activists staging sit-ins in Hong Kong's financial district. According to media reports, the protests grew throughout the territory, causing police to use tear gas to disperse the crowds. However, the demonstrators kept returning, defying orders to retreat.

Hong Kong said on Monday that it would cancel its National Day fireworks, which were to take place on Wednesday, due to the protests. As either side has yet to back down, it looks like the demonstrations are set to rage on.

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