Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone from police early today, after hours of turmoil that the city's police chief warned undermined order and jeopardised public safety.
Dozens of police removed barricades from a second Hong Kong protest site, following an earlier attempt to clear the edges of the main downtown area occupied by pro-democracy demonstrators for more than two weeks..
Hong Kong's chief executive Leung Chun-ying has called on protest leaders to "immediately" withdraw their followers from the streets in his first public comments since demonstrators were tear gassed by police.
Riot police have advanced on Hong Kong democracy protesters, firing volleys of tear gas that sent some fleeing, as others erected barricades to block the security forces, amid chaotic scenes in the former British colony.
Thousands of students braved sweltering heat in Hong Kong to demand greater democracy as they launched a week-long boycott of classes, underscoring the younger generation's determination to challenge the Chinese Communist Party.