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Clashes in Hong Kong as protesters attempt to reclaim camp

Clashes in Hong Kong as protesters attempt to reclaim camp
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Clashes have erupted in Hong Kong as protesters attempted to reclaim their cleared camp in the Mong Kok district.

During the standoff riot police charged and used pepper spray to disperse the crowd, who defended themselves with umbrellas.

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.

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.

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