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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong protesters hear echoes of Umbrella Movement 5 years later

Demonstrations now bigger, more violent and leaderless, but will they end the same?

Disappointment over the Umbrella Movement five years ago has pushed protesters to take a different approach this time.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- With Saturday marking five years since the start of Hong Kong's failed pro-democracy Umbrella Movement, the city's current protesters are digging their heels in for what many consider a last stand against mainland China's growing control over the city.

"Even though so many of us took part in the sit-in last time, we couldn't change anything," said a 24-year-old office worker who has taken part in the demonstrations, which at times have turned violent. He said he has clashed with police and destroyed government property as part of the ongoing protests.

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