Hundreds arrested in Hong Kong in New Year’s Day protests: Police

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HONG KONG: About 400 people were arrested in New Year’s Day protests in Hong Kong after what started as a peaceful march of tens of thousands spiralled into chaotic scenes with police firing tear gas to disperse the crowds.

The arrests take the total to about 7,000 since protests in the city escalated in June over a now-withdrawn Bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China, and will highlight the apparent absence of any progress towards ending the unrest.

The tension on Wednesday rose after some arrests were made in the Wan Chai bar district near a branch of global banking group HSBC, which has been the target of protester anger in recent weeks.

 

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