HONG KONG, Oct 14 : Hundreds of police armed with chainsaws and bolt cutters made a fresh assault on protest barricades in Hong Kong on Tuesday, a day after a similar attempt backfired as demonstrators reinforced their defences.
Officers made a dawn raid at one rally site in the financial hub's bustling shopping district and hours later cleared away a second set of barricades at the edge of the main protest encampment near the city's government headquarters. Vast crowds have rallied against China's insistence that it will vet candidates standing for election as the city's next leader in 2017 -- a move protesters have labelled a "fake democracy". While the activists have been praised for their civility and organisational skills they have also brought widespread disruption to an already densely populated and congested city usually renowned for its stability. ?AFP