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With the Chinese government doing all it could to prevent it, Hong Kong entered a third day of its massive pro-Democracy protests. Tens of thousands gathered to protest against further tightening of grip executed by the Chinese government over this autonomous region. The protest’s main organizer, Occupy Central with Peace and Love, is calling for a new era of civil disobedience. The protesters are marching against the government’s plans to tightly limit electoral changes, despite the promises that the city’s residents would be allowed to choose their own leader by 2017. The protest turned into a clash with the authorities as they started using the pepper spray and tear gas during clash with protesters.
Apparently, the protest achieved such a social media impact, both locally and internationally, that the government decided to block Instagram i order to prevent the images of the protest to reach the mainland China. Hong Kong, however, hasn't been banned from the social network, with the service receiving hundreds of photos from the protest.
This kind of unrest, however, is not uncommon in Hong Kong. Two other major protests happened in 2003, when the citizens protested against the controversial security law, and in 2012, when the protesters stood against the Chinese national 'patriotic education' lessons proposed by the Government officials.