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Protesters detained in Hong Kong after overnight clashes

December 25, 2014, 10:31 UTC+3 HONG KONG
The protesters were held on various charges, including obstructing police actions and disrupting public order
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HONG KONG, December 25. /TASS/. Hong Kong police have arrested 12 activists who held an anti-government rally overnight in the busy Mongkok district, one of city's major protest areas.

“They caused chaos and blocked roads,” the police said in a statement, adding that 10 men and two women have been detained.

The protesters were held on various charges, including obstructing police actions and disrupting public order. Media reports say police were forced to use tear gas during the protests, which involved several hundred people. Two police officers were wounded while trying to restore order.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, has been hit by protests for 88 days, with demonstrators calling to revise the procedure approved by the parliament on holding elections of chief executive in 2017.

The massive demonstrations reached their peak in the first week of October, when tens of thousands of local residents took to the streets. Authorities have accused external forces of attempting to destabilize the situation in Hong Kong.

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