Beijing considers military intervention, as Hong Kong protests enter 9th week

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Clashes between protesters and authorities are becoming more common

The protests have been remarkable for their length and their inclusion of residents from all walks of life.

It poses a difficult problem for Beijing, as the increasingly authoritarian state looks to bring its more liberal junior state into line.

As tensions rise, China could soon send in military forces, raising the spectre of another Tianamen Square.

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