Date
17 August 2017
A group of masked men dismantle barriers in Admiralty. The move sparked clashes with student protesters. Photo: Facebook
A group of masked men dismantle barriers in Admiralty. The move sparked clashes with student protesters. Photo: Facebook

Masked men clash with protesters in Admiralty

Clashes have broken out in Admiralty after a group of masked men rushed barricades set up by protesters, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The violence occurred at about 1:30 p.m. when about 200 knife-wielding men believed to be from a group opposed to the protesters demolished the barricades.

The police raised the yellow warning flag to try to control the situation but the masked men refused to step back.

Some in the group were older people and spoke mainland dialects. Police made some arrests, the report  said.

Meanwhile, several taxi drivers chanting anti-protest slogans honked their horns as they passed along a barricaded area in Queensway, demanding the protesters give way.

Local radio station DBC released a recording in which a taxi driver said he was paid HK$2,000 (US$258) to participate in a rally against the democracy protesters. The recording was provided by a passenger on the taxi, it said.

Earlier this morning, police dismantled roadblocks and crowd control barriers to ease traffic after two weeks of congestion.

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying hinted at the operation with “minimum force” during an interview on TVB on Sunday in which he said the situation had gone out of control.

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