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For weeks now, pro-democracy protest groups have occupied parts of central Hong Kong, calling for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Local police have been urging the demonstrators to leave for days, and have recently stepped up efforts to dismantle barricades on several major roads - only to have many of them rebuilt hours later. Tensions boiled over last night, leading to a violent clash between police and protesters.
Pro-democracy protesters take park in a rally outside of Hong Kong Government Complex on October 13, 2014 in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Police march toward pro-democracy protesters holding umbrellas during a standoff outside the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 14, 2014.
A police officer sprays a pro-democracy protester in the face with pepper spray in Hong Kong on October 15, 2014.
A cyclist is pictured near a barricade, which was later removed by the police, October 14, 2014.
Police officers run toward barricades that protesters set up to block off main roads in Hong Kong's Central district on October 14, 2014.
An anti-Occupy Central protester shouts at pro-democracy protesters as he is dragged away by police officers.
Pro-democracy protesters (rear) hang onto their barricades as they clash with anti-Occupy Central protesters.
A man jabs his fingers in the throat of a pro-democracy protester in the Central district of Hong Kong on October 13, 2014.
Police officers remove bamboo barriers that protesters set up to block off main roads in Hong Kong's Central district on October 14, 2014.
Police officers remove protester's tents in a main road of the Central district in Hong Kong on October 14, 2014.
Police officers remove barricades that protesters set up on October 14, 2014.
Heavy equipment is used to remove an umbrella at the main protest site in Hong Kong on October 14, 2014.
Pro-democracy protesters take pictures around an art installation made with umbrellas as they block a commercial area of Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on October 11, 2014.
A pro-democracy protester meditates on an occupied bridge leading to the financial Central District in Hong Kong on October 14, 2014.
A pro-democracy protester takes photos of obstacles made with concrete slabs in a tunnel near the central government offices.
Demonstrators block an underpass with concrete slabs taken from drainage ditches on a main road.
Demonstrators climb over barriers as others block the main road with metal and plastic safety barriers.
Protesters stand behind umbrellas as police prepare to advance on their positions.
Police officers create a cordon on a street outside of Hong Kong Government Complex on October 14, 2014 .
Police push protesters into a nearby park to clear a main road in Hong Kong.
Police detain a pro-democracy protester after he was tackled to the ground.
Civic Party member Ken Tsang, one of Hong Kong's pro-democracy political groups, is taken away by policemen.
A protester leans on barricades after scuffling with police.