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Hong Kong police braced for more violence

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Hong Kong police braced for more violence


Police in Hong Kong fear more violence as anti-globalisation protesters march through the city. Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets converging on the convention centre where the last day of the WTO meeting is being held. Protesters accuse rich nations of exploiting poor countries in the trade talks. Many attending the rallies are small farmers who fear free trade will destroy their livelihoods.

Security forces have said they will allow peaceful rallies to go ahead but add that they are prepared for any eventuality. Last night fierce street battles broke out between demonstrators and police leaving more than 100 people injured, a further 900 others were arrested. A breakaway group had tried to storm police lines – they were repelled by tear gas but made it within metres of the building where the ministers gathered.
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