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Police said 26,000 people joined the march at its peak Tuesday while organizers said 130,000 took part, with some demonstrators sporting Guy Fawkes masks. The protests came half a year after Mr. Leung, who was chosen by a 1,193-member committee, took office. (Associated Press)

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Police said 26,000 people joined the march at its peak Tuesday while organizers said 130,000 took part, with some demonstrators sporting Guy Fawkes masks. The protests came half a year after Mr. Leung, who was chosen by a 1,193-member committee, took office. (Associated Press)

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An "Occupy Seattle" protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask while demonstrating in October 2011. Guy Fawkes masks are featured prominently in "V for Vendetta," which was telecast Friday in China. (Associated Press)

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An "Occupy Seattle" protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask while demonstrating in October 2011. Guy Fawkes masks are featured prominently in "V for Vendetta," which was telecast Friday in China. (Associated Press)

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Whether they know it or not, some of the demonstrators decrying a variety of society's ills are sporting the stylized masks loosely modeled on 17th-century terrorist Guy Fawkes. The Catholic insurrectionist was executed four centuries ago for trying to blow up the British Parliament. (Associated Press)

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Barry Freed wears a mask of 17th-century Gunpowder Plotter Guy Fawkes in a protest Thursday outside the Chamber of Commerce. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Protesters wear Guy Fawkes masks as they march through downtown Hong Kong on Sept. 3 because they believe Hong Kong police ratcheted up security and tightened restrictions on the media and protesters during a recent visit by China's vice premier. "People are very concerned that their freedoms are being undermined," pro-democracy legislator Emily Lau said. "The whole city is angry."