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Students ditch lectures for protests in Hong Kong

As the academic term restarts in Hong Kong, students have continued to take to the streets in increasingly violent clashes between pro-democracy activists and police.

Protests have rocked the region since June, when citizens took to the streets to oppose a controversial extradition bill that would have permitted authorities to transport suspects to China for trial. Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam acceded to one of their demands when she withdrew the bill on 4 September.

But protesters also want her to step down. In addition, they are demanding greater democratic freedoms, an inquiry into police brutality and for those who have been arrested to be released.

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