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Hong Kong protests

Social media fans fury of Hong Kong's leaderless protesters

Beijing condemns 'almost terrorist act' after reporter attacked

Fu Guohao, a reporter for China's Global Times, is held by protesters at Hong Kong International Airport on Aug. 13.   © Reuters

HONG KONG/BEIJING -- Turmoil in Hong Kong has grown following clashes at the city's airport, as social media pushes the protesters to more radical courses of action.

Tensions have escalated in the absence of a clear leader among the protesters. Live videos of police beating up young protesters spread through social media have inflamed the movement, and protesters have become more violent, throwing rocks at officers and setting fire to police stations.

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