Fresh Hong Kong Clashes

Outbreaks of clashes between police and pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have turned violent once more.

After police cleared out a protest site in Mong Kok on Wednesday, four nights of clashes followed in what is one of the city’s largest protest zones.

The clashes moved into the Admiralty district, next to Hong Kong’s financial district, early Monday morning.

Pro-democracy demonstrators defied orders to retreat from the government headquarters in Admiralty when Hong Kong police used batons and pepper spray to push protesters back.

Volunteer medics helped the injured, many with open head wounds. Police also suffered injuries, with one officer being stretchered away in an ambulance after a sustained beating, according to the South China Morning Post.

Around 50 arrests have been made so far and a fire in a nearby Chinese military building was seen, although it’s not yet confirmed if it has any connection with the protests.

Large crowds wearing protective goggles and makeshift body armor refused to leave the area and continued to stand up to police, chanting “We want universal suffrage!”, Reuters reports.

Many also carried yellow umbrellas as a symbol for the Occupy Central movement.

The violent outbreaks come after more than two months of protests, which started September 22.

Protesters are demanding free elections for Hong Kong’s next leader in 2017, while the China’s Communist Party will only allow voting between candidates pre-approved by Beijing.

For more information, follow South China Morning Post’s live stream here.

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