In Hong Kong pro-democracy activists armed with nothing more than goggles, ponchos and umbrellas are taking on riot police wearing gas masks and using tear gas and pepper spray.

(Please note the above video was originally posted on Facebook by a demonstrator but he has since requested that his name not be publicised alongside the footage.)

The above video was posted on Facebook today by an Occupy Central protester near what looks like the government's headquarters.

It shows a protester being pepper-sprayed by a riot police officer from almost point blank range.

It has been covered by the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong-based newspaper with traditional links to Beijing.

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