Photographer: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong Police and Protesters Clash

Rioters set fires and threw bricks at police in Hong Kong early Tuesday, injuring officers and shuttering one of the city’s busiest subway stations in a clash over illegal food stalls during the three-day Chinese New Year holiday.

A protester throws a piece of a paving stone as a fire burns in the Mong Kok area of Hong Kong.

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Protesters confront police in Mong Kok. Police fired warning shots in a bid to contain protesters who had self-made weapons, acting district commander Yau Siu-kei told reporters.

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Police confront protesters. "The situation ran out of control and became a riot," Yau said.

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Protesters gather up paving stones. 

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Protesters throw bricks and other objects at police. Forty-four officers were injured, with 24 people arrested. 

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Protesters confront police with bamboo poles. During the night, they blocked part of Nathan Road, a main thoroughfare.

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Police hold down a protester. The clashes are the most violent since the "Umbrella Movement" of 2014, when protesters paralyzed downtown Hong Kong for more than two months to demand the right to pick the city’s leader.

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Police walk though a street in Mong Kok.

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Police sit by the side of a road in Mong Kok. The district saw some of the most violent clashes of the 2014 protests.

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Workers clean up debris in Mong Kok. 

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People walk past police officers in Mong Kok. 

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A broken street sign lies on the ground in Mong Kok. 

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