Hong Kong riot police arrested a group of masked pro-democracy protesters who held flashmob gatherings in multiple locations although crowds were smaller and less violent than recent weekends.
Rallies erupted in multiple neighbourhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows and erecting barricades.
Police made multiple arrests as they rushed to intercept activists but the clashes were less heavy than earlier this month when the city was virtually shut down by the most intense unrest of the four-month protest movement.
In the district of Mongkok, riot police burst from an unmarked van that had screeched up to a blockade made of bamboo scaffolding poles and quickly chased down multiple protesters who were pinned to the ground and detained.
In Tai Po district, officers charged into a mall where protesters had tagged a number of businesses with slogans with at least two arrests made.
Similar flashmobs and brief clashes were witnessed in at least three other locations with bystanders often heckling police as they made arrests.