Protesters gather during a demonstration outside headquarters of the Legislative Counsel on 28 September 2014 in Hong Kong. AFP PHOTO / XAUME OLLEROS
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Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters extended a blockade of Hong Kong streets on Tuesday, stockpiling supplies and erecting makeshift barricades ahead of what some fear may be a push by police to clear the roads before Chinese National Day.Student leaders have given Hong Kong leader Leung Chun-ying an ultimatum to come out and address the protesters before midnight on Tuesday, threatening to escalate action in the next few days to occupy more government facilities, buildings and public roads if he fails to do so.The protesters, mostly students, are demanding full democracy and have called on Leung to step down after Beijing ruled a month ago that it would vet candidates wishing to run for Hong Kong's leadership in 2017 .Communist Party leaders in Beijing worry that calls for democracy could spread to the mainland, and have been aggressively censoring news and social media comments about the Hong Kong demonstrations.The protests are the worst in Hong Kong since China resumed its rule in 1997 . Not reacting firmly enough, however, could embolden dissidents on the mainland.Chinese shares were less troubled, perhaps because news of the protests in Hong Kong was hard to come by on the mainland.
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