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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Hong Kong police have used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse protesters who took to the streets in the Mong Kok area of the city on Sunday night, media reported.

    Public broadcasting service RTHK has reported that people started protesting in Mong Kok at 12:00 GMT. The police detained two people during the rally, which raised the crowd's ire. A few hours later the police hoisted a black flag and started dispersing protesters with tear gas, the media outlet said.

    Hong Kong has been gripped by violent protests since June. The demonstrations, initially a response to an extradition bill, continued even after the highly unpopular measure was withdrawn in October. The protesters now claim that the authorities are abusing their power to suppress them, a claim that the government has denied.

    Beijing views the situation in Hong Kong as a result of foreign interference in China's domestic affairs and expresses full support for the local authorities.

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