Clashes broke out between protesters and police in Mong Kok in the early hours of Thursday, hours after traffic resumed on a key section of Nathan Road following two months of blockages by pro-democracy activists. (Cover photo: SCMP's Felix Wong)
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The operation to clear the barriers and tents from the thoroughfare got underway just after the morning rush hour, watched closely by police officers carrying tanks full of pepper spray solution and hand pumps. Several protesters were detained, including prominent student activists Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Lester Shum, and Raphael Wong Ho-ming from the League of Social Democrats.
At least 80 protesters were detained yesterday amid clashes with police during the first round of court-ordered clearance operations in the Mong Kok protest zone. (Cover photo: SCMP's Sam Tsang)