Hong Kong protesters face off with police

AP , Sunday 30 Nov 2014

Hundreds of pro-democracy protesters are facing off with Hong Kong police as they step up their movement for genuine democratic reforms after being camped out on the streets for more than two months.

Student protest leaders on Sunday night told a big crowd rallying at the main protest site outside government headquarters that they would escalate their campaign by surrounding the building.

The crowd tried to push its way down a narrow staircase in an attempt to get to the office of the city's Beijing-backed leader, but was held back by police.

The protesters are demanding that Hong Kong's government scrap a plan by China's Communist leaders to use a panel of Beijing-friendly elites to screen candidates for the territory's top leader in inaugural 2017 elections.

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