Police used pepper spray and batons to break up a resurgent pro-democracy action in Hong Kong Wednesday night, as activists returned to central protest sites in Mong Kok.

According to a police statement, 12 arrests were made, allegedly on a range of charges including assault on officers and “failing to produce proof of identity.”

Protests demanding universal suffrage for Hong Kong voters began in September, after the Chinese government withdrew a promise to allow free elections in 2017. Throughout months of actions, Beijing maintained its position that candidates for the semi-autonomous city’s Chief Executive must be screened and approved by a pro-establishment panel.

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