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EXCLUSIVE: Hong Kong Democracy Demonstrations — The Morning After

I could not get down to the scene of the action last night, but this morning I walked down to where things had been rocking nearest to my home — the area right between the Central and Admiralty districts.  Here are some pics taken within the last couple of hours:

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Lee Ka-Shing, the richest man in Hong Kong, takes no chances and has barricades in front of his building.

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Barricades across Queensway Road — normally packed with traffic on a Monday morning.

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More barricades on Queensway, in front of the landmark Lippo Centre building.

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Barricades on Queensway — clearly put together by demonstrators from the kinds of things one usually finds along sidewalks in Hong Kong.

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Queensway — devoid of traffic on a Monday during normal rush hour.

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Demonstrators in front of the Lippo Centre blocking Queensway.

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Demonstrators on Harcourt Road in front of the Central Government offices appear to be getting some rest in the shade after a long night.

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Riot police with grenade launchers for tear gas canisters held a well-manned key location in front of the central government offices on Harcourt Road. Despite the display of firepower, there seemed to be no animosity between the police and the demonstrators — no shouting, no ugly language. Maybe everyone was just exhausted from the previous night.

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Demonstrators appeared to be dug in for a long haul.

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Demonstrators and police chat across the barricades. I saw more than one scene like this, with lots of smiles on both sides.

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The demonstration was kicked off last night by high school and college students. These two seemed a little older — and were taking advantage of a comfortable spot in a barricade across an access road to the central government offices. The woman on the right told me “This is a contest of wills — who will last longer?”

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Some of the youngest demonstrators I saw — enjoying a card game while sitting in the middle of what would normally be a very busy entrance to Queensway on a Monday morning during rush hour.

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