File - Protesters walk along a street as they block an area near the government headquarters building in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)
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By raising the stakes in the standoff, the protesters are risking another round of confrontation with police, who are unlikely to allow government buildings to be stormed. It also puts pressure on the Chinese government, which so far has said little beyond declaring the protests illegal and backing Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's attempts to end them.But Chinese state media indicated that the central government may be losing patience with the protests, and urged support for decisive action to end them.The student leaders have played a key role in organizing the protests to press for greater electoral reforms. Earlier Wednesday, protesters heckled Leung as he attended a flag-raising ceremony marking China's National Day, the day Communist China was founded in 1949 .Chan Kin-man, another protest leader, said the demonstrations would continue as long as the Hong Kong government fails to give a satisfactory response to their demands.
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