Tensions rise in Hong Kong as pepper spray fired at students

HUNDREDS of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters have clashed with police in a fresh escalation of tensions, as officers fired pepper spray at angry students trying to surround the government headquarters.  

In chaotic scenes, protesters wearing helmets and wielding umbrellas attempted to breach the police cordon guarding the office of chief executive Leung Chun-ying during a rally at the main Admiralty protest site.  

"I want true democracy," protesters yelled at police who used loudspeakers to order them to disperse.  

"Surround the headquarters. Paralyse the government."  

The protests are happening next to the city's central business district and some of the world's most expensive real estate.   Read more at ABC News

Topics:  hong kong protest

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