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Hong Kong police fired repeated volleys of tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protests Sunday and baton-charged the crowd blocking a key road in the government district after official warnings against illegal demonstrations.The city's Admiralty district had descended into chaos as chanting protesters converged on police barricades surrounding colleagues who had earlier launched a "new era" of civil disobedience to pressure Beijing into granting full democracy to Hong Kong.Police had not used tear gas in Hong Kong since breaking up World Trade Organisation protests against South Korean farmers in 2005 .Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying pledged "resolute" action against the protest movement known as Occupy Central with Love and Peace.Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan said three fellow legislators were among a small group of activists detained by police, including democratic leaders Albert Ho and Emily Lau.Along with Hong Kong and Chinese officials, some of Hong Kong's most powerful tycoons have spoken out against the Occupy movement, warning it could threaten the city's business and economic stability.
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