UPDATE — 11:34 a.m. ET: Student protesters called off talks with government after anti-Occupy mobs attacked them in Mong Kok.
Hundreds of angry residents, business owners, and pro-Beijing demonstrators descended on the pro-democracy protest site of Mong Kok — a densely populated district in Hong Kong — on Friday evening.
Large groups of anti-Occupy demonstrators reportedly broke through police lines and attacked pro-democracy student protesters camped out in Mong Kok.
Most of the anti-Occupiers were men who encircled the student protest camp shouting, "Clear the area" and "Support the police."
The police formed a human chain to protect the protesters from the anti-Occupy demonstrators.
According to local media reports, the anti-Occupiers threatened, insulted, and behaved aggressively with student protesters.
Female student protesters reportedly faced sexual harassment by anti-Occupy groups.
Police struggled to control the situation as fights broke out between the two sides.
A large group was seen taking orders from a woman yelling slogans against the Occupy Central protest.
Some anti-Occupiers said the pro-democracy crowds were disrupting the daily lives of Hong Kong residents.
Occupy Central's press release called for the government to prevent "the organized attacks" on protesters.
Ambulances arrived for several who were injured during the clashes.
More police reinforcements arrived to control the chaotic scenes.
Police requested the Occupy Central protesters to clear the area and advised people not to enter Mong Kok.
Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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