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China subject prompts Hong Kong protests

Updated 10:50 PM ET, Sat September 8, 2012
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William Chan Wai-lam gestures to say 'no' outside the government's headquarters in Hong Kong on September 7, 2012 during a protest against plans to introduce Chinese patriotism classes. AFP/Getty Images
Protesters shout slogans near the government's headquarters in Hong Kong. They say the "Moral and National Education" curriculum amounts to "brainwashing." A booklet called the "The China Model" was distributed to schools in July. It said China's ruling party was "progressive, selfless and united." AFP/Getty Images
A student looks on as protesters sit near the government's headquarters in Hong Kong. Demonstrators demanded that the government scrap plans to introduce a compulsory Chinese civic education subject, which it the same evening. AFP/Getty Images
Protests included a hunger strike on the steps on the government headquarters. Tents were set up in the days before the start of the 2012 school year in September. AFP/Getty Images
Protesters hold placards to express their anger at what they call government attempts to "brainwash" impressionable young minds. AFP/Getty Images
C.Y. Leung, the city's chief executive, said Saturday individual schools would have the option to adopt the controversial curriculum called "Moral and National Education." "We're giving the authority to the schools," he said. AFP/Getty Images
A student addresses a crowd in front of government headquarters in Hong Kong on Friday, September 7 during a protest against plans to introduce Chinese patriotism classes. AFP/Getty Images
Students shout slogans in front of the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong on September 3, 2012. AFP/Getty Images