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Mobs linked to TRIAD gangs try to drive Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters off ...

•, By Steve Hopkins

A night of running brawls in Hong Kong led to the arrest of 19 people, some believed to be linked to triad gangs, as mobs tried to drive pro-democracy protesters from the streets.

Of those arrested, eight men are believed to have backgrounds involving triads, or organized crime gangs, police said, and they face charges of unlawful assembly, fighting in public and assault.

Senior Superintendent Patrick Kwok Pak-chung said at least 12 people and six officers were injured during the clashes.

Police struggled for hours to control the battles as attackers pushed, shoved and jeered the protesters.

The allegations that organized crime members were involved in the clashes fueled jitters Saturday at the movement's main camp, on a highway outside government headquarters. There were frequent calls for supporters to rush to barricades after sporadic rumors that people were coming to attack them.

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