Clashes have erupted in Hong Kong as protesters attempted to reclaim their cleared camp in the Mong Kok district.
Police charge into a crowd of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong's Mongkok district. #Photo by
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During the standoff riot police charged and used pepper spray to disperse the crowd, who defended themselves with umbrellas.
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The largely peaceful demonstrations turned tense after a group tried to burst through a police cordon on Argyle Street.
Several of the pro-democracy protesters were arrested during the scuffles.
A Hong Kong pro-democracy protester shouts out as he is arrested in Mongkok this evening
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Police had removed the camp in the financial district of Mong Kok on Wednesday, arresting more than a hundred people including student leaders Joshua Wong and Lester Shum.
The activists are calling for open nominations for the Chinese-controlled city’s next leadership election in 2017. Under current rules Beijing will pre-screen the candidates.
Amnesty International warned against heavy handed policing, saying that excessive use of force would only inflame the protests.