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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong unrest prompts expats to pack their bags

More to leave if protests continue; companies also review contingency plans

HONG KONG -- It was one of Hong Kong's most peaceful weekends in recent memory as voters went to the polls for local elections widely seen as a referendum on the anti-government protests that have rocked the city since June.

But while the vote was hailed as an overwhelming victory for democracy, it was not enough to convince Mark Larsen to stay. The 30-year-old software engineer said he was wary of months-long upheaval and had started thinking about moving back to his native Denmark.

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