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Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong threaten to occupy government buildings


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Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong threaten to occupy government buildings

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong are into their seventh day of protest.

They have occupied roads in the centre including around the territory’s chief executive’s office.

They are angry that Beijing is to vet candidates for the territory’s 2017 leadership elections and have given Hong Kong’s chief executive until the end of Thursday to resign or say they will begin occupying government buildings.

However not everyone supports the demonstrators. A group calling themselves the Justice Alliance of Hong Kong organised a counter protest in favour of the government.,

Leticia Lee See-Yin from the Justice Alliance said: “We want to support the police because we see that the police suffered a lot in the past few weeks and it continues, and we don’t want our Hong Kong economy to be damaged by these people and they don’t represent us at all.”

A sculpture made of umbrellas and metal barricades has been erected by student protesters. They say the umbrellas represent citizens, and the barricades stand for the police.

The movement has been dubbed the ‘umbrella revolution’ after protesters using umbrellas to protect themselves from pepper spray and tear gas used by the police.

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