Police Force Hong Kong Demonstrators Out of Important Protest Area

Groups of police officers in Hong Kong tore down tents, used batons, pepper sprayed crowds and forced protestors out of a prominent commercial district today as the tension between government authorities and pro-democracy activists continues to heighten.

The clash between protestors (many of whom are students) and authorities comes just a day after a top government official offered to discuss demands with members of the Occupy movement. A member of the Federation of Students told the crowds, “They said they want to resume talks, but then they swept away the streets today. If [the government] continues to clear protest sites gradually under the disguise of removing barricades, it would only provoke more people to take to streets” …

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