This picture taken on October 3, 2014 shows a government loyalist demonstrator shouting at democracy protesters in Mongkok. (AFP/Jerome Taylor)
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The crowds of protesters who filled Hong Kong's streets thinned dramatically Tuesday after student leaders and the territory's government agreed the previous night to hold talks in coming days to discuss protesters' demands regarding electoral reforms.Just a couple days after tens of thousands of demonstrators filled the city's streets over the weekend, only a few dozen students -- who have formed the core of the protest movement -- holding some stretches of occupied highway and traffic, once again snarling the city's streets.When police fired tear gas and pepper spray on unarmed demonstrators on Sept. 28, it caused an upsurge in support for protesters and brought tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents into the streets.
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