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Hong Kong activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

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HONG KONG (AP) -- Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration has descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies.

Activists angered over authorities' attempts to crack down on the food hawkers in a crowded Kowloon neighborhood held running battles with police into the early morning hours of Tuesday.

Protesters threw bricks, lengths of wood and other pieces of junk at officers and set fires on the street.

Hong Kong police said in a statement that the protesters had ignored their warnings to get off the street and shoved officers, who responded with batons and pepper spray.

Three men were arrested and three officers were injured and sent to hospital.

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