SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Clashes have broken out between police forces and anti-election law protesters in a fresh escalation of tensions in Honk Kong.
Security forces, armed with pepper spray, batons, and riot shields, used force to disperse protesters camping outside the government headquarters in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong on Sunday.
Police forces used pepper spray against angry students trying to surround the government headquarters.
Previous efforts to clear the area have backfired, sending more people into the streets to confront police.
Another group of demonstrators also tried to occupy a main road that connects the east and west of the island but police thwarted their efforts.
On Saturday, several demonstrators were detained during scuffles between Hong Kong police and protesters in Mong Kok district.
Amnesty International has warned Hong Kong police against the use of “excessive force” ahead of planned demonstrations by anti-election law protesters.
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.
Beijing says it will introduce universal suffrage for the election, but wants a committee to approve the candidates.
Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The financial hub has enjoyed substantial political autonomy since 1997, when it returned to China after about a century of British colonial rule.
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