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10. Occupy protests in Hong Kong

Police officers demolish a barricade and remove tents blocking a main road during a clearance of a protest site in Causeway Bay. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong leader declared an end of over two-month sit-in protests named Occupy Central, which was led by pro-democracy activists since September.

The mass protests broke out after the National People’s Congress approved a legal framework for Hong Kong's first chief executive election by universal suffrage in 2017. But opposition activists said Beijing will screen candidates via a nomination committee.

"If we just talk about democracy without talking about the rule of law, it's not real democracy but a state of no government," the incumbent chief executive Leung Chun-ying said.

More than 900 people were arrested during the occupation with more than 200 protesters and 100 police officers hurt, Leung said.

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