Hong Kong Police Remove Protester Barricades, Occupy Central Says

Police officers remove barricades from pro-democracy demonstrators (unseen) near the government offices in Hong Kong on October 13, 2014. Dozens of Hong Kong police were massing at protest sites where pro-democracy demonstrators have been holding more than two weeks of rallies, paralysing parts of the Asian financial hub. AFP PHOTO / Laurent FIEVET (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers remove barricades from pro-democracy demonstrators (unseen) near the government offices in Hong Kong on October 13, 2014. Dozens of Hong Kong police were massing at protest sites where pro-democracy demonstrators have been holding more than two weeks of rallies, paralysing parts of the Asian financial hub. AFP PHOTO / Laurent FIEVET (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)

HONG KONG, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong police began on Monday to remove barricades erected by pro-democracy protesters who have occupied several sites around the Chinese-controlled city for two weeks, according to protest group Occupy Central.

At the main protest site, around government offices in the downtown district of Admiralty, scores of student protesters faced off with police who were massing in the area, a Reuters witness said. The Hong Kong government has said the demonstrations are illegal. (Reporting by Donny Kwok and Farah Master)

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