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In Pictures: 'Creative' Hong Kong Democracy Occupiers Reconvene to 'Watch TV Billboard'

28/11/2014 10:42 GMT | Updated 27/01/2015 10:59 GMT

A day after one of Hong Kong's three pro-democracy protest camps was cleared by police and bailiffs, hundreds of pro-democracy activists returned to Mong Kok's main shopping thoroughfare on Thursday evening. Instead of erecting tents, activists convened to collectively watch movie trailers and adverts on a cinema billboard.

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On a road parallel to where Kowloon's occupy encampment once sat, police created cordons preventing crowds from stepping in to the road. Those present all claimed to be "shoppers" heeding a call from the city's chief executive CY Leung's to return to the shops.

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The crowd cheered as trailers for action movies ran repeatedly on a cinema billboard overlooking the pavement. Some chanted "freedom" and gave a 'three finger salute' during a Hunger Games 3 trailer. The politicised gesture is banned in Thailand.

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Looping advertisements featuring Jessica Alba elicited exaggerated shrieks whilst a hardware advert for "China Paint" attracted jeers and boos.

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For over 60 days, demonstrators have been protesting against a plan by Beijing to allow free elections in 2017 but with only two or three pre-approved candidates allowed to stand.

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Occasional cries of "we want universal suffrage" and "end functional constituencies" - Hong Kong's corporate voting system - could also be heard.

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Few officers on the police front lines seemed amused as the farcical scene continued for several hours until the cinema billboard was switched off at 11pm.

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"I want to watch movies, buy iPhone 6, eat KFC," said protester Koma Yip when asked why he was visiting the area.

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"They encouraged us to come shopping in Mong Kok" said protester Judy Chan, who pledged to return tomorrow.

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Shops closed early along the street amid a heavy police presence.

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Over a dozen police teams with video cameras made a high profile effort to film the crowds throughout the evening.

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The 'umbrella movement's' new 'fluid occupy' tactic poses a challenge to Hong Kong's unlawful assembly rules.

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By law, organisers of public 'processions' or 'meetings' consisting of 30 people or more must seek prior permission from the police commissioner.

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Protesters have vowed to continue the tactic as thousands of police officers remain stationed around Mong Kok to ensure roads are not obstructed.

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