HK police ‘fire warning shots’ in street clash

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HONG KONG: Baton-wielding Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots and pepper spray early Tuesday after a riot erupted in a busy district when officials tried to shift illegal hawkers on Chinese New Year. The street battles erupted after officials tried to move illegal food sellers while protestors, including members of radical “localist” groups, tried to defend the hawkers whom they say add to the festive atmosphere. Tensions still remain high between protesters and police who used tear gas to disperse protesters at the beginning of mass rallies for fully free elections in late 2014 that lasted more than two months and paralyzed parts of the city.

AFP

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