Crowd charges Hong Kong protesters

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Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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An angry crowd has been trying to charge barricades used by democracy protesters to occupy part of central Hong Kong.

Several hundred people gathered in front of barricades on a main road, chanting: “Open the road.”

They were held back by a line of police officers, as a stand-off with authorities dragged into a third week.

Some people tried to remove the metal barricades that protesters have set up to block off main roads near the heart of the city’s financial district.

The protesters faced them from the other side of the barricades.

The crowd also shouted “Occupy Central is illegal”, referring to one of the names of the pro-democracy movement that has swept Hong Kong.

Taxi drivers also joined in, with some driving their cabs up to the barricades and leaning on their horns to express their anger about traffic disruption.

Police took away some masked men inside the protest zone who tried to pick fights.

Protester Alex Kwok said he received a scratch on his arm after he was attacked by several men whom he accused of being members of triads, or organised crime gangs.

Demonstrators, many of them university students, have flooded the city’s streets since September 28 in a civil disobedience movement opposing restrictions on the territory’s inaugural 2017 election for its top leader.

They want authorities to drop a plan to use a pro-Beijing committee to screen candidates in the election. They also want the semi-autonomous Chinese city’s Beijing-backed leader to resign.

Tens of thousands of protesters have occupied busy roads outside the city government headquarters as well as in two busy shopping districts elsewhere to press their demands but their numbers have since dwindled.

Published: Monday 13th October 2014 by The News Editor

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