Thousands blockade Hong Kong as tear gas is fired at protesters

The protest over free elections has led to the worst unrest since British rule ended
RIOT police fired volleys of tear gas at Hong Kong pro-democracy demonstrators last night as tens of thousands blockaded the city centre.

The unrest was the worst since China regained control from Britain in 1997 and, with the financial hub based in the middle of the protest zone, many banks have told staff not to come to work.

Baton-wielding police used pepper spray and scuffled with protesters, who are arguing for free elections when the territory’s new chief executive is chosen in 2017.

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