Fights break out in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district as pro-democracy supporters face off with their pro-government opponents. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Clashes erupted between pro-democracy supporters and their pro-government opponents in Hong Kong's Mong Kok district on Saturday (October 4). After a week of largely peaceful demonstrations demanding Beijing grant Hong Kong the unfettered right to choose its own leader, the mood turned ugly on Friday (October 3) night in the area notorious for being the home of Triad gangs. After a night of trouble which resulted in 19 arrests, supporters of the city's pro-Beijing government rallied next to pro-democracy protesters in Mong Kok, a working class neighborhood near the popular shopping district of Tsim Tsa Shui. Many Hong Kong residents expressed anger and frustration at police handling of the unrest, with some accusing security forces of co-operating with the criminal gangs, failing to make arrests and helping some attackers to exit the scene quickly. Student activists established protest groups and ordinary Hong Kongers have joined forces to present Beijing with one of its biggest political challenges since it violently crushed pro-democracy protests in and around Tiananmen Square in 1989.