Tensions escalate as Hong Kong pro-democracy protests experience clash with dozens of police officers.
Fresh clashes were reported on November 6, 2014, as the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests took a violent turn once again. The clash between hundreds of ‘Umbrella’ protestors and dozens of members of city police broke out early morning in Mong Kok with shields and batons after two weeks of respite.
Dozens of protestors were wearing Guy Fawkes masks, which has become a global symbol of anti-establishment and political protests. Three men were reported to be arrested, while many others were subdued by the police with the help of pepper sprays.
It has been over a month since Hong Kong has been experience mass protests, with people demanding their democratic right to choose their government, i.e their next chief executive in 2017.
In August 2014, Beijing proceeded with its ruling according to which only candidates approved by a pro-Beijing committee would be allowed to contest elections. The protests brought out more than 100, 000 people on the streets, across demonstration sites in the city.
On November 5, 2014, about 20 pro-democracy believers held a protest march, voicing their demand for the release of nearly 100 mainland Chinese supporters of the movement who had been arrested and detained over the past month or more.
Protesters are reportedly also planning to travel to Beijing to directly petition the authorities at hand, where the capital is hosting US President Barack Obama and many other world leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum from November 10-11, 2014.
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