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Hong Kong police dismantle protester barricades

Hundreds of Hong Kong police took down pro-democracy protesters' barricades using sledgehammers and chainsaws on Tuesday to reopen a major road that had been closed since demonstrators took to the streets two weeks ago. On Monday night, bankers, office workers, and other supporters gathered to help build makeshift barriers around the main protest camp to keep authorities from shutting it down. The mostly student-led protesters are demanding free elections and the resignation of the Chinese-controlled city's chief executive. Read more at The New York Times.