SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Fresh clashes have erupted in Hong Kong between anti-election law demonstrators and police after protesters broke into the city’s legislature building.
A number of masked protesters used metal barricades and concrete tiles to break a glass side door of the Legislative Council Complex, also known as LegCo Complex, on early Wednesday.
Riot police used pepper spray and batons to prevent other protesters from entering the building.
According to authorities, four men aged 18 to 24 were taken into custody for criminal damage and assaulting a police officer.
The clashes came just hours after court bailiffs cleared part of a protest camp in the center of the city. The area had been occupied by anti-election law demonstrators for nearly two months.
Demonstrators launched a campaign of occupying government buildings in Hong Kong on September 27. Police and protesters have clashed on many occasions ever since.
The protesters are opposed to an election law introduced by the government in Beijing, under which the people of Hong Kong will have to elect their next leader from a list of Beijing-vetted candidates in 2017.
The Chinese parliament, however, says nominating more candidates will cause a chaotic situation.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The financial hub has enjoyed substantial political autonomy since 1997, when its leadership returned to China after about a century of British colonial rule.