Hong Kong police have used pepper spray to prevent hundreds of protesters from encircling the government headquarters, as China’s special administrative region continues to be gripped by demonstrations which began two months ago.
Demonstrators chanting “Surround government headquarters” and “Open the road,” as well as “I want true democracy,” made their way into the city’s government neighborhood of Admiralty, where scuffles with police occurred.
Protesters with wooden shields and metal barricades charged police as officers warned them to retreat.
Many in the crowd carried umbrellas, which have become a symbol of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy push, due to providing protection from pepper spray. Others had surgical masks, hard hats, goggles, and construction-style eye protectors.
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