Riot police clashed with protesters at the Mongkok protest site after a crackdown on the morning of Oct. 17 in Hong Kong. Police have begun to take measures to remove the blockades put in place by pro democracy supporters following weeks of protests.
Protesters continue to call for open elections and the resignation of Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.
A protester with plastic wrap and a mask on his face challenges riot police during a confrontation at Mongkok shopping district in Hong Kong Oct. 17. Hong Kong riot police used pepper spray and batons to battle crowds of pro-democracy protesters as tensions escalated after a pre-dawn clearance of a major protest zone in the Chinese-controlled financial hub.
A police officer takes down a protester on Oct.17. in Hong Kong.
Thousands of protesters block Nathan Road after the police retreated, following failed attempts to remove the protesters from the site, in the Mongkok shopping district of Hong Kong late Oct. 17.
Police officers single out a man among the crowd of protesters on Oct. 17 in Hong Kong. Authorities have made aggressive attempts at curbing demonstrations.
Protesters' umbrellas locked with police batons at the front lines of the melee in Hong Kong on Oct. 17. Umbrellas have become a symbol in these recent demonstrations while also providing a useful tool for rioting crowds.
A man is arrested and carried away from the scene as police in Hong Kong crack down on demonstrations on Oct. 17.
A police officer in Hong Kong sprays pepper spray into a crowd of protesters in Hong Kong on Oct. 17. Since demonstrations began police have deployed pepper spray and tear gas, leading crowds to use gas masks and improvised face protection.
A policeman stands guard as blood rolls down his face from a head wound on Oct 17. Police in Hong Kong clashed with protesters who resisted attempts by authorities to clear roadblocks.