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Masked Crowd Moves On Hong Kong Democracy Protest

Hundreds of angry people attempted to charge the barricades erected by demonstrators calling for a free vote in Hong Kong's 2017 chief executive elections.

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A crowd of hundreds of people moved on a pro-democracy demonstration in Hong Kong on Monday, apparently angry at the protesters' actions in calling for an open vote in the city's 2017 chief executive elections, the Associated Press reported.

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Police struggled to contain the chaos as masked men charged at the barricades at the Admiralty site. Protesters attempted to guard the barriers, and push the men back.

The masked, anti-Occupy HK crowd numbered at around 500, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported.

Anonymous masked men who won't say who they are or who they represent have twice flanked police + circled around them

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Anonymous masked men who won't say who they are or who they represent have twice flanked police + circled around them

6:58 AM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The two groups were eventually separated by police, with a crowd of workers gathering on nearby flyovers to watch proceedings unfold below.

Hundreds of onlookers gather on flyovers & bridges at #OccupyHK

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Hundreds of onlookers gather on flyovers & bridges at #OccupyHK

7:16 AM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Earlier, police had removed some of the barriers in an attempt to reduce traffic congestion.

Hong Kong police statement on operation to remove some protester barricades. Urges protesters to leave #OccupyCentral

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Hong Kong police statement on operation to remove some protester barricades. Urges protesters to leave #OccupyCentral

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Taxi drivers in Hong Kong had also been expressing their anger towards the protesters, and are upset at how their business has been hit.

A truck-mounted crane also removed pro-democracy barricades and tents on Queensway.

Truck-mounted crane is clearing road block and tents on Queensway right now. #hkfsadmnews #UmbrellaMovement

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Truck-mounted crane is clearing road block and tents on Queensway right now. #hkfsadmnews #UmbrellaMovement

7:20 AM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Following the clashes, the pro-democracy protesters have been attempting to fortify their barricades with materials such as bamboo, plastic and concrete.

Umbrellas,bamboo & plastic wrap.Protesters build new defenses after Incursions by cops & anti-Occupy groups #HongKong

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Umbrellas,bamboo & plastic wrap.Protesters build new defenses after Incursions by cops & anti-Occupy groups
#HongKong

11:20 AM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Ok we got the bamboo. No what?" #OcuppyCentral

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"Ok we got the bamboo. No what?" #OcuppyCentral

11:15 AM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Bamboo barrier building. The new calling card of the HK student protester.

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Bamboo barrier building. The new calling card of the HK student protester.

12:47 PM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Cement has been added pretty unevenly to new admiralty barricades. Not sure if it will help in any real way.

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Cement has been added pretty unevenly to new admiralty barricades. Not sure if it will help in any real way.

2:03 PM - 13 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pro-democracy protesters have been taking to the streets of Hong Kong for the last few weeks, and are angry at Beijing's decision to vet candidates for the city region's 2017 chief executive elections.

Francis Whittaker is a homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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