Hong Kong police hold back from removing barriers
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Hong Kong police hold back from removing barriers

HONG KONG (AP) — Police briefly scuffled with protesters camped out in Hong Kong’s streets overnight, but held back from dismantling barricades erected by the activists pushing for greater democracy in the Chinese territory.

Earlier this week, police had removed barriers on the edges of the protest zones.

Protesters reacted to those moves by building bamboo structures that police dismantled. Later, they occupied an underpass that police then cleared out aggressively, using pepper spray and dragging activists away.

Police clashed again with some demonstrators early Thursday on a main road in front of the government headquarters. Police said two protesters were arrested and three officers were injured.

The demonstrators oppose the Chinese central government’s decision to screen candidates to run in the territory’s first direct elections in 2017.