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Protesters gather in the streets outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 29, 2014 in Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
The Last Word

Hong Kong protesters' simple message

The protesters, predominantly a mix of students and activists, including a group that calls itself Occupy Central, are demanding democratic reforms from Beijing. The Chinese government took over sovereignty of the former British colony in 1997. Since then, Hong Kong as remained a semi-autonomous territory with much greater civic and financial freedom than mainland China.

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