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Interactions Between Students and Police Have Become More Confrontational
By Fiona Law and Chester Yung
The Wall Street Journal
HONG KONG—The city’s pro-democracy protests are turning into an increasingly bitter and violent standoff between police and students, with the Hong Kong government playing almost no role in the dispute.
On Monday, police using batons and pepper spray cleared away students who had seized control of a street by the city’s government headquarters. After routing the protesters, several police officers stood on a bridge overlooking the main protest site, tore down banners, mocked the students and in one case, gave them the finger.
Police arrest a protester outside government buildings in Hong Kong on Monday. Vincent Yu/Associated Press
Protesters have been increasingly confrontational with police as well. On Sunday, student leaders called on their followers to gather by government headquarters, though they didn’t explicitly call for them to seize more territory…
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