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Riot police disperse protesters in Hong Kong's Yuen Long district on Sept. 21.    © EPA/Jiji
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Hong Kong protesters speak out: 'We could become the next Tibet or Xinjiang'

Why peaceful rallies have escalated into constant clashes

MICHELLE CHAN, Nikkei staff writer | Hong Kong, Macao

From their early days in April, anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong have transformed from organized rallies to streets filled with tear gas and fire. But what drives Hong Kong's citizens to confrontation, week after week? Three protesters spoke to the Nikkei Asian Review on the fears that have tilted them to -- sometimes radical -- action.

Nathan, 24 years old

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