New scuffles break out in Hong Kong

2014-10-17 16:03
(Kin Cheung, AP)

(Kin Cheung, AP)

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Hong Kong - New scuffles broke out on Friday night between Hong Kong riot police and pro-democracy activists in a district where police cleared protesters earlier in the day.

Police used pepper spray and batons to fend off a large crowd of people who had gathered in Mong Kok and several protesters were seen knocked to the ground or carried away by police.

The chaotic scenes unfolded hours after police moved in to clear tents, canopies and barricades at Mong Kok, a smaller protest zone across Victoria Harbour from the main occupied area in the heart of the financial district.

The operation — the third in recent days by police to retake streets from protesters — came hours after Hong Kong chief executive Leung Chun-ying sought to defuse a bitter stand-off with student-led democracy protesters by reviving an offer of talks over democratic reforms in the city.

However, Leung warned police wouldn't refrain from clearing protest sites while holding talks and the latest clashes were likely to make it harder to resolve the crisis with protesters, who were already angered by a video of a group of officers kicking a handcuffed activist.

Leung said the protests, which have disrupted traffic in key roads and streets in three business districts since 26 September, could not go on indefinitely.

Protesters are pressing for a greater say in choosing the semi-autonomous Chinese city's leader in an inaugural direct election, promised for 2017.

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