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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Thousands in Hong Kong took to the streets to protest the city's chief executive, CY Leung, calling for him to resign.

According to BBC News, the city's leader, who is currently selected by a small committee loyal to Beijing, is under fire for illegal construction carried out on his home. The issue is a sensitive one in Hong Kong, where most families live in cramped conditions because of space issues.

More from GlobalPost: Hong Kong protest against chief executive CY Leung attracts thousands

Protesters were also angry about the city's air pollution, which kills 3,000 prematurely every year, reported Bloomberg.

"The chief executive has a serious problem in credibility," Francis Chek, a 24-year-old information technology worker who attended one of the protests, told Bloomberg. "He used one lie to cover up another lie, he has no sincerity at all to tell the public the truth. Enough is enough."

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Protesters holding a banner with a picture of Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying as 'Pinocchio' take part in a pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(AARON TAM - AFP/Getty Images)
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Policemen hold a cordon line as unseen protestors block a main road as they attempt to reach the front gate of a government house during a protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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A protestor waves a colonial Hong Kong flag as he stops traffic on a main road, in an attempt to break through police cordons to reach the main gate of a government house during a protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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Protestors march during a protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators sit on a main road running through the central business district during a sit-in protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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Demonstrators sit on a main road running through the central business district during a sit in protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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Protestors march during a protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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Pro-democracy protesters wave Hong Kong colonial flags during a rally in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(AARON TAM - AFP/Getty Images)
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Protestors carry flags and placards during a protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man holds a placard during a protest against the city's leader Leung Chung-ying in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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A woman carries a placard of the city's leader Leung Chung-ying with her finger piercing his nose, as she joins protestors marching down the streets during an anti Leung Chung-ying protest in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013. Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets, calling for the city's embattled leader to quit and demanding greater democracy 15 years after it returned to Chinese rule.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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Protestors stamp a placard of the city's leader Leung Chung-ying during an anti Leung Chung-ying protest in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013.

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Protestors carry a poster of the city's leader Leung Chung-ying an anti Leung Chung-ying protest in Hong Kong on January 1, 2013.

(ANTONY DICKSON - AFP/Getty Images)
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