In Hong Kong, a passionate but mostly peaceful campaign for democracy

December 12, 2014 2:36 AM

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When Hong Kong's democracy street protests erupted in late September, many people in the semiautonomous Chinese territory — and around the world — feared that authorities would respond with a bloody crackdown like they did in Beijing's Tiananmen Square in 1989. Instead, officials essentially pursued a tactic of waiting the demonstrators out, and on Thursday, the 75th day of the sit-ins, police moved in to remove the last remaining barricades and protesters from the streets.

During the 2½ months, police, pro-democracy protesters and counter-demonstrators clashed periodically, with officers using pepper spray, tear gas and batons. Hundreds of people, including seven officers accused of beating a handcuffed demonstrator, were arrested. Although those incidents stunned som...

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