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At Least 56 Injured As Pro-Democracy Protests Intensify In Hong Kong

Police and pro-democracy demonstrators clashed in Hong Kong following a week of student-led boycotts and protests against China's political control in Hong Kong.

Posted on September 28, 2014, at 1:53 p.m. ET

Updated — Sept. 29, 4 p.m. ET:

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A second day of pro-democracy protests began Monday morning in Hong Kong in what has become known as Occupy Central, the Umbrella Movement or the Umbrella Revolution.

On Harcourt Rd near Admiralty Centre: ppl rest under the umbrella, no sign to leave

Varsity CUHK@varsitycuhk

On Harcourt Rd near Admiralty Centre: ppl rest under the umbrella, no sign to leave

7:25 PM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

students from CNEC Lee I Yao Memorial Secondary School in Kwai Tsing District on strike #OccupyCentral

Joyce Ng@ncyjoyce

students from CNEC Lee I Yao Memorial Secondary School in Kwai Tsing District on strike #OccupyCentral

7:04 PM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Symbol of a peaceful 'umbrella movement' in #HongKong began to emerge on Facebook. Designer unclear. #OccupyCentral

Carmen Ng ???@Carmen_NgKaMan

Symbol of a peaceful 'umbrella movement' in #HongKong began to emerge on Facebook. Designer unclear. #OccupyCentral

4:18 PM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

At least 56 people have been injured and 89 arrested, CNN reported, after protests in Hong Kong intensified and police and demonstrators clashed.

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Drone footage from above the Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong.

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Riot police patrol as tens of thousands of protesters block the main street to the financial Central district.

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A protester throws an umbrella at riot police as fellow demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong.

The protests came after a week of student-led boycotts and demonstrations against China's political reign over Hong Kong, and specifically to China's rule that only Beijing-vetted candidates will be able to run for Hong Kong's chief executive, the city's top position.

Organizers asked protesters to go home late on Sunday, fearing police would use rubber bullets, but still the groups did not disperse.

Hong Kong Assistant Police Commissioner Cheung Tak-keung said in a press conference on Monday that 41 people, including police officers, had been injured in the last three days, the BBC reported. He added that his officers had used the "bare minimum" of force.

To protect themselves from tear gas, demonstrators donned goggles, masks, and raincoats, and some brought umbrellas.

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A protester covers his face as riot police fire tear gas after thousands of demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central.

Video footage and pictures uploaded to Twitter showed police using pepper spray and tear gas against groups of pro-democracy demonstrators.

These images from Hong Kong today can't be what Beijing envisioned. RT @BBCCarrie: Umbrella man. RT

Philip P. Pan@panphil

These images from Hong Kong today can't be what Beijing envisioned. RT @BBCCarrie: Umbrella man. RT

12:25 PM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I just stumbled onto this photo. It speaks for itself. #OccupyCentral

Andrew Peng@TheAPJournalist

I just stumbled onto this photo. It speaks for itself. #OccupyCentral

10:46 AM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A video uploaded to YouTube purports to show police using pepper spray against an elderly protester.

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Police also gassed members of a CNN camera crew.

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Protestors in Hong Kong mimicking the "hands up, don't shoot" of Ferguson demonstrations (Alex Ogle/Getty)

Sophie Kleeman@sophie_kleeman

Protestors in Hong Kong mimicking the "hands up, don't shoot" of Ferguson demonstrations (Alex Ogle/Getty)

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Demonstrators told CNN that they believe undercover police officers had joined in with the protest groups, and others said they saw police "preparing water cannons."

The main pro-democracy advocacy group organizing the protests — Occupy Central — is not affiliated with the broader Occupy movement and is hoping to fight against China's decision to mandate what candidates can make a bid for Hong Kong's top civil position.

"Occupy Central has formally begun," said a statement by the group. They added:

The two nights of occupation of Civic Square in Admiralty have completely embodied the awakening of Hong Kong people's desire to decide their own lives. The courage of the students and members of the public in their spontaneous decision to stay has touched many Hong Kong people. Yet, the government has remained unmoved. As the wheel of time has reached this point, we have decided to arise and act.

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A protester reacts in front of riot police during as fellow demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central district.

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Protesters pushed traffic barriers into the streets by the financial center of the city to block access.

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Riot police fire tear gas to disperse protesters as a fire engine tries to enter after thousands of demonstrators blocked the main street to the financial Central district.

As images of the protest spread, Instagram was blocked in China, as was the phrase "Occupy Central" on China's version of Twitter, Weibo, Reuters reported.

Breaking: Instagram just got blocked in China, possibly due to the circulation of protests photos in Hong Kong.

edde@Edourdoo

Breaking: Instagram just got blocked in China, possibly due to the circulation of protests photos in Hong Kong.

9:54 AM - 28 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The Hong Kong government said on Monday that it had pulled back riot police from the city where thousands protested, the New York Times reported.

What you should know about the protests in Hong Kong http://t.co/S3qV3zMTg3

The New York Times@nytimes

What you should know about the protests in Hong Kong http://t.co/S3qV3zMTg3

3:14 PM - 29 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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