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Police arrest 21 people in Hong Kong rally against new town

Published on Jun 14, 2014 12:11 PM
A protester shouts as police officers try to drag another protester away during a confrontation outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong early on June 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

HONG KONG (AFP) - Police used pepper spray to scatter protesters at Hong Kong's government headquarters in an angry rally against plans for a new town development, with 21 arrested, officials said Saturday.

Around 900 people gathered at the city's harbourfront government complex with some trying to force their way into the building to oppose the project, which they say will displace villagers and turn farmland into housing estates - favouring property developers.

Television footage showed protesters pushing over barricades and surging towards an entrance to the Legislative Council as lawmakers met to discuss funding for the development.

Police cordons inside and outside the building pushed back the rally late Friday as protesters tried to prise the doors open with bamboo sticks, shouting "Withdraw the plan".

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