Arrests Flare in Hong Kong as Pro-Democracy Actions Return
A dozen protesters held after first rally since camp closures in early December
Police used pepper spray and batons to break up a resurgent pro-democracy action in Hong Kong Wednesday night, as activists returned to central protest sites in Mong Kok.
The youth-led movement, which grew to take on tens of thousands of participants at its peak, saw protesters camping out in Mong Kok and other central areas of Hong Kong for months. Protesters marched through streets, blockaded main intersections and police headquarters, and disrupted political events to demand true democratic elections.
Activists promised to return when their final protest site was shut down in early December.
"This is not the end," one protester, Martin Lee, said at the time. "It is the continuation of the beginning."