SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Tensions are once again running high in Hong Kong as clashes have broken out between police and anti-election law demonstrators near a protest camp.
The scuffles erupted late on Friday as protesters tried to occupy an area in the Mong Kok district that was partially cleared by police earlier in the day.
Police used pepper spray and batons to prevent the protesters who were trying to pass a police cordon on a road leading to the area. At least 26 protesters were detained during the protest.
Police officials said 15 officers sustained injuries during the scuffles.
Over the past three weeks, Hong Kong has been the scene of protests against the election law introduced by China.
The student-led protest movement has occupied key parts of the city to pressure Beijing.
On Thursday, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying expressed the government’s openness to talks with student protesters, who have been demanding his ouster as well as the revocation of the election law.
The protesters are opposed to the law that says Hong Kong voters must choose their next leader from among vetted candidates in 2017. China says the protests are illegal.
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.