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September 29, 2014

Hong Kong protesters refuse to leave

Protests in Hong Kong continue after tens of thousands of people defied calls for them to dismantle their camps and return home. Demonstrations fanned out to more neighborhoods after police tried to disperse crowds using batons and tear gas early Monday morning. Riot police later withdrew. The pro-democracy protesters are angry at China for limiting their choice in Hong Kong's 2017 leadership elections. Demonstrators used umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas overnight and to ward off the sweltering sun as they continued their sit-in throughout the day. That gave rise to the movementís nameóThe Umbrella Revolution. --Thea Breite (17 photos total)

Riot police fire tear gas on student protesters occupying streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong, early Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (Wally Santana/AP)

Police walk down a stairwell as pro-democracy demonstrators gather for a rally outside the Hong Kong government headquarters on September 29, 2014. Police repeatedly fired tear gas after tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators brought parts of central Hong Kong to a standstill on September 28 in protest at Beijing's refusal to grant the city unfettered democracy. (Dale La Rey/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters put on goggles and wrap themselves in clear wrap after hearing a rumor that police were coming with tear gas outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014. Thousands of pro democracy supporters have remained in the streets of Hong Kong for another day of protests. Protestors are unhappy with Chinese government's plans to vet candidates in Hong Kong's 2017 elections. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #

17-year-old student leader Joshua Wong outside the Hong Kong government offices on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, Central District, Hong Kong, China, September 29, 2014. Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong said Monday they would continue their occupation of key parts of the metropolis, despite warnings from officials to clear out after a night of police using pepper spray and tear gas to try to disperse the crowds. (Alex Hofford/EPA) #

Protestors and student demonstrators hold up their cellphones in a display of solidarity during a protest outside the headquarters of the Legislative Council in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. (Xaume Olleros/AFP/Getty Images) #

Pro-democracy protesters block the tram tracks with over-turned plant pots in Admiralty, on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Central, Central District, Hong Kong, China, September 29, 2014. (Alex Hofford/EPA) #

A pro-democracy protester hands out yellow ribbons symbolizing democracy as a sign board shows Hong Kong's stock market Hang Seng Index falling by 449.2 points, in Mong Kok, on the second day of the mass civil disobedience campaign Occupy Hong Kong, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China, 29 September 2014. (Alex Hofford/EPA) #

A photojournalist takes a rest as protesters block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, September 29, 2014. Hong Kong democracy protesters defied volleys of tear gas and police baton charges to stand firm in the centre of the global financial hub on Monday, one of the biggest political challenges for Beijing since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago. China wagged its finger at the student protesters, and warned against any foreign interference as they massed again in business and tourist districts of the city in the late afternoon. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) #

Pro-democracy protesters sit on a road as they face-off with local police in Hong Kong Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. Protesters expanded their rallies throughout Hong Kong on Monday, defying calls to disperse in a major pushback against Beijing's decision to limit democratic reforms in the Asian financial hub. (Wong Maye-E/AP) #

A woman reads the latest newspaper articles displayed at a sit-in protest in Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (Wally Santana/AP) #

Guests walk out of the shuttered entrance to the luxury Mandarin Oriental hotel as pro-democracy protesters rally outside in the Central district of Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters take pictures with their mobile phones as they block the main street to the financial Central district, outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 29, 2014. (Carlos Barria/Reuters) #

A man helps protesters use a makeshift ladder to climb over concrete street barricades outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #

Thousands of students gather in a sit-in to block the main roads of a popular fashion district of Hong Kong, Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (Wally Santana/AP) #

A masked student protester fortifies barricades to block the main streets in the central business district of Hong Kong, late Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (Vincent Yu/AP) #

Residents on scooters bring supplies to protesters camped outside the headquarters of the Legislative Council during protests in Hong Kong on September 29, 2014. (Xaume Olleros/AFP/Getty Images) #

Protesters carry a defaced cutout of Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, as they protest near the central government offices in the business district of Admiralty in Hong Kong September 29,2014. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters) #

 
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