Pro-democracy protesters build a barricade on the main road in the occupied areas outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
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Chaos erupted in central Hong Kong Monday as dozens of masked men rushed barricades at the city's main pro-democracy site, sparking renewed accusations that authorities are using hired thugs to disperse demonstrators.Groups of men, many wearing surgical masks, descended on the front lines of the rally at Admiralty near Hong Kong's central business district, triggering clashes with protesters, just hours after police had moved in to take down some barriers.Pro-democracy lawmakers rounded on the authorities over the clashes.In previous clashes at the secondary site of Mongkok 10 days ago, police said eight of the 19 arrested had triad backgrounds.Furious pro-democracy protesters also accused the authorities of using thugs Monday.Police took down some peripheral barricades in a dawn operation allowing traffic to pass around the Admiralty site for the first time in two weeks as well as removing several barriers around the Mongkok site.Chinese police detained two Beijing activists who took part in a Hong Kong pro-democracy march, a friend said Monday.
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