Hundreds of police officers fought with the protesters who were guarding hastily erected barricades on the main road of the city next to the headquarters of the government of Hong Kong. The security forces used pepper gas to disperse those who resisted the order to leave the area.
The police was able to regain control on the highway and dismantle barricades.
The demonstrators, who included mainly students and members of the pro-democracy Occupy Central organization, demanded completely free voting for the leader of the territory that was once a colony of the Great Britain. China, which has control over Hong Kong, confirms the right of citizens to election, but insists on the pre-selection of candidates for election.