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Hong Kong Protest Leaders Surrender To Police

Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Chu Yiu-ming surrendered on Wednesday and were released. The decision came after police arrested at least 40 protesters this weekend.

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Posted on November 30, 2014, at 10:55 a.m. ET

Updated — Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6:40 a.m.

The leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protests and nearly 70 others surrendered to authorities on Wednesday. They said they were processed and released.

1/2 Benny Tai: we've been allowed to leave with no restrictions, not arrested. were presented with a special form

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1/2 Benny Tai: we've been allowed to leave with no restrictions, not arrested. were presented with a special form

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2/2 asked to tick from list of offences on custom form, including taking part in unauthorised assembly, incitement, criminal damage etc

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2/2 asked to tick from list of offences on custom form, including taking part in unauthorised assembly, incitement, criminal damage etc

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BT - We still have to wait and see. We may still be arrested later and charged with more serious offence

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BT - We still have to wait and see. We may still be arrested later and charged with more serious offence

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They announced their intention to turn themselves in to police on Tuesday after urging student demonstrators to retreat.

1/2 OCLP founders Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Chu Yiu-ming to surrender at Central Police Station at 3 pm tomorrow

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1/2 OCLP founders Benny Tai, Chan Kin-man, Chu Yiu-ming to surrender at Central Police Station at 3 pm tomorrow

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Benny Tai - for the sake of the safety of occupiers, we urge the students to retreat and take spirit of #umhk into the community

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Benny Tai - for the sake of the safety of occupiers, we urge the students to retreat and take spirit of #umhk into the community

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OCLP - surrender is not an act of cowardice, it is courage to bear responsibility, is not failure but denunciation of heartless government

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OCLP - surrender is not an act of cowardice, it is courage to bear responsibility, is not failure but denunciation of heartless government

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The decision came after hundreds of demonstrators clashed with police Sunday in an attempt to surround government buildings, Reuters reported. At least 40 protesters were arrested, dealing a significant blow to the movement.

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Tyrone Siu / Reuters

The scuffles broke out in the Admiralty financial district, as the protesters attempted to defy government orders to back down after two months of demonstrations.

Tyrone Siu / Reuters

Two student groups had urged their followers to escalate their campaign of civil disobedience, in the wake of the authorities clearing out a protest site in the Mong Kok district last week.

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Tyrone Siu / Reuters

Many demonstrators tried to shield themselves from the pepper spray by using umbrellas, which have become a symbol of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.

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The protesters are demanding Beijing allow free, unfettered elections in the former British colony, instead of prescreening candidates for the city's next leader.

Bobby Yip / Reuters

Police turned back the protesters and prevented them from taking over government buildings, leaving the group reeling.

Bobby Yip / Reuters
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