[BREAKING] Protesters Clash with Police in Hong Kong

[BREAKING] Protesters Clash with Police in Hong Kong
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Protesters have clashed with police on the streets of Hong Kong today over Beijing's interference in local politics.

Police have used pepper spray to quell demonstrators in Hong Kong this evening.

Thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong to show their opposition to what they believe is Beijing’s interference in local politics and the handling of the issue by the Hong Kong government.

China’s parliament is expected to tomorrow announce its interpretation of Hong Kong’s key constitutional document – the Basic Law.

The move follows the ongoing controversy associated with "Baggio" Leung Chung-hang (梁頌恆) and Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎). Both are from the new post-Occupy political party Youngspiration (青年新政). The pair were last month barred from the Legislative Council chamber after swearing and insulting China when they first took their oaths on Oct. 12. The Hong Kong government has since gone to court to stop the pair from taking their seats in parliament.

Organizers say today’s protest drew about 13,000 people while police estimate about 8,000, according to a South China Morning Post report.

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Protesters are pepper sprayed by police during a protest in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Demonstrators try to protect themselves from being pepper-sprayed during a protest in Hong Kong. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu - RTX2S4TL
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Protesters use umbrellas to block the pepper spray from police officers after clashing outside the Chinese central government's liaison office, in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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Pro-independence legislator-elects Baggio Leung (C) and Yau Wai-ching (R) take part during the protest today. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

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