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Hong Kong protesters supporting food hawkers clash with police

Hong Kong protesters supporting food hawkers clash with police

Chaos broke out overnight in the heart of a busy Hong Kong shopping district during a Lunar New Year celebration as police tried to suppress a protest against authorities’ clampdown on unlicensed street vendors.

During the protest, a traffic cop fired three shots to warn off protesters, but the protests only grew more fierce, with many demonstrators hurling bricks and glass bottles at police. Amid the confusion, more than 40 police officers and four journalists were injured and 24 people were arrested, police told local media.

The protests started around midnight, when food hygiene officials from the semiautonomous Chinese territory began to close in on dozens of...

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