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Hong Kong police arrest two protest leaders

Hong Kong police have arrested two student leaders of the protests, which began in the region in September.

Occupy Central supporters refuse to budge despite repeated attempts to remove them but police obtained a court order allowing them to clear swathes of tents and barricades.

Eighty court bailiffs were also appointed to help clear the area.

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China 'will not back down' over Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong's leader has claimed China will not back down from its decision to limit voting reforms.

A protester holds a defaced mask of Leung Chun-ying during demonstrations. Credit: Reuters

Beijing's decision to vet candidates for Hong Kong's leadership election in 2017 has sparked mass protests.

Thousands of activists have blocked streets as they demand full democracy and the resignation of the city's leader Leung Chun-ying.

"The central government will not rescind its decision," Chun-ying is quoted as saying.

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