Police face pro-democracy protesters on Nov. 19, 2014 outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.
Police face pro-democracy protesters on Nov. 19, 2014, outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.Alex Ogle—AFP/Getty Images
Police face pro-democracy protesters on Nov. 19, 2014 outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.
Pro-democracy activists join arms as they face off with police outside the Legislative Council building on Nov. 19, 2014 in Hong Kong.
Police officers disperse pro-democracy protesters outside the Legislative Council building after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Nov. 19, 2014 in Hong Kong.
Pro-democracy protesters climb up a wall as police officers disperse them outside the Legislative Council building after clashes with pro-democracy activists on Nov. 19, 2014 in Hong Kong.
A pro-democracy protester is examined by rescue volunteers after being pepper sprayed by the police as he and others tried to break into the Legislative Council in Hong Kong early Nov. 19, 2014, in response to an earlier clear up by bailiffs on part of the "Occupy Central" protest site.
Pro-democracy activists sleep outside the Legislative Council building after protesters clashed with police on Nov. 19, 2014 in Hong Kong.
A policewoman stands by a broken window of the government headquarters building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Nov. 19, 2014, after a small group attempted to break into the city's legislature.
Police face pro-democracy protesters on Nov. 19, 2014, outside the central government offices in the Admiralty district
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Hong Kong's Pro-Democracy Protesters Clash With Police

Nov 19, 2014

Tension between Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters and police boiled over Wednesday, resulting in one of the most violent confrontations in weeks. Demonstrators had aimed to break into a government building but were repelled by officers in protective gear, in a dustup that occurred hours after some of the barricaded roads were ordered to be cleared. The dismantling comes after student leaders were refused entry to Beijing in a bid to meet with senior Chinese leaders about their demands.

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