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In Pictures: Hong Kong protests turn violent

A backlash against a student-led protest movement produced ugly scenes in several Hong Kong locations Friday, as tensions boiled over for business owners and local residents angry at having their local roads and neighbourhoods blocked.

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Pro-government and pro-democracy demonstrators clash during a protest in the Mong Kok area of Hong Kong, China.

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A pro-democracy student protester scales a traffic light pole in defiance to local residents demanding them to leave their occupied roads in Mong Kok, Hong Kong.

Wally Santana/AP

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A local pro-government resident shouts at pro-democracy activists in Mong Kok, Hong Kong.

Wong Maye-E/AP

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Pro-democracy demonstrators clean one of the occupied areas of Hong Kong.

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Police stand guard outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong.

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Notes of support are seen posted on the wall of an encampment of pro-democracy student protesters outside the government complex in Hong Kong.

Wally Santana/AP

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A man walks past a group of pro-democracy protesters sleeping on a street in Hong Kong.

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Pro-democracy protesters rest on a blockaded road in Hong Kong.

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Police form a line to make way for an ambulance as pro-democracy protestors shout outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong.

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A message of support made with yellow tape is seen on a road near the Hong Kong government headquarters in Hong Kong.

PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Policemen try to remove a man to who was clutching a fence guarded by pro-democracy demonstrators in an occupied area of Hong Kong.

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A pro-democracy protester (C) bleeds in the mouth as he is escorted by the police after being punched by pro-government supporters in Hong Kong.

BOBBY YIP/REUTERS

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Anti-occupy protesters stand behind a police line on Nathan Road in Hong Kong's Mongkok shopping district.

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An anti-occupy protester is restrained by police after he broke through their line trying to charge pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

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Protesters react during a rally outside government headquarter after protesters threatened by residents and pro-Beijing supporters in Mong Kok , Hong Kong.

Vincent Yu/AP

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An injured pro-democracy protester is helped by the police after being punched by a group of anti-occupy protesters at Hong Kong's Mongkok shopping district.

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