Pro-democracy activists Sunday accused police of using excessive force against protesters after violent clashes in Hong Kong, as a senior politician said weeks of rallies have reached a "critical moment".
Hong Kong`s government has said it will open talks with student demonstrators on Tuesday, after three nights of violent clashes between police and protesters who have paralysed parts of the city with mass pro-democracy rallies.
Tens of thousands of people, some waving Chinese flags, marched through Hong Kong on Saturday to protest against a pro-democracy campaign to blockade the business district unless Beijing grants acceptable electoral reforms.
Hong Kong`s embattled government said it will open talks with student protesters Tuesday, after three nights of clashes between police and demonstrators who have staged huge pro-democracy rallies for nearly three weeks.
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone from police early on Saturday after hours of turmoil that the city`s police chief warned undermined order and jeopardised public safety.
Hong Kong riot police battled with thousands of pro-democracy protesters for control of the city's streets, using pepper spray and batons to hold back defiant activists who returned to a protest zone that officers had partially cleared.
Fresh clashes broke out in Hong Kong on Friday night as demonstrators attempted to retake a protest camp partially cleared by police earlier in the day, jeopardising talks to end weeks of mass democracy rallies.
As Hong Kong police trumpeted their partial clearance of another pro-democracy rally site on Friday, a senior officer made a major gaffe by donning a British colonial-era cap -- 17 years after the territory was handed back to China.
Hundreds of Hong Kong police staged their biggest and boldest raid yet on a pro-democracy protest camp before dawn on Friday, charging down student-led activists who have held a key intersection in one of the main protest zones for more than three weeks.
Just a day after a video surfaced showing police badly beating up a social worker, Hong Kong leader CY Leung agreed to reopen talks with the protesters, however sough to defend the police, saying they had tolerated enough unlawful action.
Hong Kong police used pepper spray early on Thursday to stop pro-democracy protesters from blocking a major road near the office of the city`s embattled leader amid public anger over the police beating of a protester a day earlier.
Hong Kong's Secretary for Justice Rimsky Yuen said Wednesday that any prosecution arising from police brutality would be handled impartially and said electoral rights in the city should be subject to "reasonable restraint".
Hong Kong police came under fire Wednesday after plainclothes officers were filmed beating and kicking a handcuffed protester during some of the worst clashes since mass democracy rallies erupted two weeks ago.
Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing on Wednesday urged pro-democracy protesters who have occupied the heart of the city for more than two weeks to go home to their families, a day after 45 people were arrested following clashes with police.