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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong trade shows put on brave face amid heightened clashes

Shenzhen and Macao competitors eye convention center's lucrative exhibitions

HONG KONG -- The organizers of the Cosmoprof Asia trade show in Hong Kong did their best last week to disprove the saying that beauty is only skin deep.

On the streets, it was the ugliest week since anti-government protests began in June. An unarmed demonstrator was shot in the chest at point-blank range by police. Protesters were blamed for the death of an older man hit by a brick during a clash with opponents and for setting another man on fire. Demonstrators cut off train lines, traffic tunnels and highways while police fired tear gas at daily lunchtime protesters in the Central business district.

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