Riot police move forward to the protesters on a street in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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Hong Kong riot police fired warning shots Tuesday during angry clashes that erupted when authorities tried to remove illegal street stalls set up for Lunar New Year celebrations, the worst street violence since pro-democracy protests in 2014 .As many as 48 police were injured in the clashes, a police spokeswoman said. Hong Kong television showed police officers being beaten with poles and sticks as they lay on the ground. Many protesters and police were also shown with blood streaming down their faces. The police spokeswoman also said 24 protesters were arrested. Hong Kong police declined to comment on who had been involved in the protests or to confirm who had been arrested.
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