A pro-democracy protester rests among yellow umbrellas - symbols of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong - during a face-off with police near the central government offices in Hong Kong on October 14, 2014. AFP PHOTO/Alex Ogle
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Dozens of pro-democracy protesters were in a tense standoff Tuesday night with a large number of riot police near Hong Kong's government headquarters.Appearing to use a strategy of gradually chipping away at the three main protest zones, hundreds of police fanned out in the early hours to take down barriers that the protesters had erected overnight.Police will continue to take down barriers set up by protesters, spokesman Steve Hui said.The demonstrations -- the largest on Chinese territory since the 1989 Tiananmen protests in Beijing -- have posed an unprecedented challenge to the government. Organizers say as many as 200,000 people thronged the streets for peaceful sit-ins after police used tear gas on Sept. 28 to disperse unarmed protesters.
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