nytimes.com – HONG KONG — Demonstrators attempted to break into Hong Kong’s legislature late Tuesday night and early Wednesday by smashing windows. Police officers in riot gear used pepper spray to help quell the protest and arrested four men. Witnesses said the attempted break-in was in retaliation for court-ordered clearances of some parts of the protest area that began on Tuesday. But the main student groups leading the sit-in demonstrations that have surrounded the Legislative Council complex for more than 50 days moved quickly to distance themselves from the vandalism.


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