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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong in chaos as protests paralyze schools and businesses

Riot police battle demonstrators as Beijing blames US and others for violence

A protester walks by graffiti on the campus of Chinese University in Hong Kong. Many schools in the city remained tense on Wednesday, with students setting up and manning barricades.   © Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Hong Kong anti-government protesters paralysed parts of the Asian financial hub for a third day on Wednesday, with some transport links, schools and many businesses closing as police warned of a rise in violence to a deadly level.

About 1,000 protesters blocked roads in the heart of the city's Central business district at lunchtime. Wearing now-banned face masks and dressed in office wear, they marched and hurled bricks onto roads lined with some of the world's most expensive real estate and luxury flagship stores.

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