China has blocked Instagram during Hong Kong protests

More than 30 people have been injured during the Hong Kong protests.
By Thor Benson  |  Sept. 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM
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HONG KONG, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Protesters in Hong Kong have filled the streets and shut down many businesses. The protest is over Beijing's decision to only allow candidates that it has approved run for chief executive of Hong Kong. Much of the crowd consists of students and other youth, and they've been sharing images of the protests on the popular social network Instagram. New reports from activists and others around China say the country has shut down access to Instagram on the mainland, but it is still available for those in Hong Kong.

CNN reports that tear gas and batons have been used against protesters in Hong Kong, and more and more police have been showing up to the scene. Almost 100 people have been arrested, and some of them are as young as 16 years old. Police statements say that parts of the city are under "lockdown" and have made it illegal to protest near specific offices. Some protesters have left due to fear of being injured, but most are still there, and the protest has involved tens of thousands of people at some points. Some of the protests are being arranged by a group called Occupy Central With Love and Peace.

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