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Pro-democracy protesters clash with Hong Kong police

Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong on Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks, amid growing pressure on the demonstrators to abandon the movement that has blocked city streets for over a month.

The skirmishes lasted for about four hours in Hong Kong’s bustling Mongkok shopping district, which has been an epicenter for violent skirmishes between protesters and their opponents as well as occasional crackdowns by police.

Chief among the protesters’ demands is that China’s National People’s Congress scrap a ruling that requires Beijing to pre-screen candidates for the region’s top office of chief executive.

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