Hong Kong riot police clash with protesters amid crackdown on street vendors in the worst street clashes since pro-democracy protests in late 2014. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Riot police used batons and pepper spray early on Tuesday to quell fights after authorities tried to move illegal street vendors from a working-class Hong Kong district, the worst street clashes since pro-democracy protests in late 2014. Protesters hurled bricks at police as scuffles broke out, while other demonstrators set fire to rubbish bins in the streets of Mong Kok, a gritty neighborhood just across the harbor from the heart of the Asian financial center. Police fired two shots into the air, a police spokeswoman said, amid chaotic scenes. A police statement said three men aged 27 to 35 were arrested for assaulting a police officer and obstructing police, while three police officers received hospital treatment. Broadcaster RTHK said later that 24 people had been arrested. The clashes were the worst since authorities cleared the last of pro-democracy demonstrators from the streets in late 2014 after more than two months of occasionally violent protests which posed one of Beijing's greatest political challenges in decades.