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Hong Kong protesters clash with police

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By Euronews
Hong Kong protesters clash with police

<p>Hong Kong police and pro-democracy protesters clashed in the early hours of Monday in some of the most violent skirmishes seen in recent weeks.</p> <p>Police baton-charged and pepper-sprayed thousands of demonstrators who had been trying to encircle government buildings.</p> <p>Two student groups heading the campaign for free elections for the territory’s next leader in 2017 have called on their supporters to escalate their action after two months of stalemate.</p> <p>The movement has threatened to become the biggest challenge to China’s Communist Party since its 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.</p> <p>Meanwhile there has been a rise in tension between the UK and China over Hong Kong. A group of British MPs who were due to visit as part of an inquiry into relations between the UK and its former colony have been refused entry.</p>