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Hong Kong police warn protesters not to charge, surround government buildings

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HONG KONG — Hong Kong police have warned of serious consequences if pro-democracy protesters try to charge or surround government buildings.

PHOTO: Pro-democracy student protesters sleep on an occupied main street outside of the government complex in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Pro-democracy student protesters sleep on an occupied main street outside of the government complex in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

Police spokesman Steve Hui said Thursday that authorities would not tolerate any illegal surrounding of government buildings. He urged the protesters, who want top leader Leung Chun-ying to resign, to remain calm and restrained.

The protesters gave a midnight Thursday deadline for Leung to resign and for the government to respond to their demands for a change in political reform plans devised by Beijing.

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PHOTO: Pro-democracy protesters kept behind police barricades heckled Hong Kong's embattled leader on Wednesday when he attended a flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day. (Oct. 1)
Pro-democracy protesters kept behind police barricades heckled Hong Kong's embattled leader on Wednesday when he attended a flag-raising ceremony on China's National Day. (Oct. 1)
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PHOTO: A lone pro-democracy student protester sleeps on an occupied main street outside of the government complex in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. Raising the stakes in their standoff with the authorities, Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters threatened to occupy key government buildings unless the territory's top official resigns by the end of the day Thursday. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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