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Hong Kong protesters block streets on China's National Day

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters returned to the streets in Hong Kong on Wednesday, the National Day holiday marking the anniversary of China's Communist Party founding in 1949. Organizers were aiming to bring out the largest crowds yet as a symbolic show of force in defiance of a government crackdown. Riot police have tried to disperse crowds with tear gas but the demonstrators vow not to back down until they win assurances of free elections to pick Hong Kong's next leader. Read more at BBC News.