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Hong Kong: Arrests and scuffles as protest site cleared

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By Euronews
Hong Kong: Arrests and scuffles as protest site cleared

<p>Scuffles broke out in Hong Kong as police arrested pro-democracy demonstrators who refused to obey a court order to clear a protest site in the city’s Mong Kok district.</p> <p>Demonstrators at ‘Occupy Central’ are demanding public nomination of candidates for Hong Kong’s leadership post ahead of government elections in three years.</p> <p>China insists on approving a list of prospects for the chief executive position.</p> <p>“If I’m arrested and sent to prison, the sacrifice I make will be much bigger than protesting on the streets,” explained 78-year-old protester Boon-Duk Ng, “I would like to make bigger sacrifices.”</p> <p>Protesters had blocked traffic from flowing through Hong Kong’s Mong Kok district for two months, sparking anger from local businesses.</p> <p>The standoff has continued with no end in sight as neither the government nor the student-led protesters have shown any willingness to compromise.</p> <p>To prevent the protests spreading to mainland China, Beijing has reportedly blocked media coverage of Occupy Central.</p>