Police said officers were also hurt and that they had exercised ‘a high level of restraint… to restore public order’ [Ring Yu/HK01 via AP Photo]

Amnesty International has accused Hong Kong police of torture and other abuses in their handling of more than three months of pro-democracy protests in the city, a charge denied by police who say they have shown restraint in the face of increased violence.

Anti-government protesters, many masked and wearing black, have thrown petrol bombs at police and central government offices, stormed the Legislative Council, blocked roads to the airport, daubed graffiti on key buildings and lit fires on the streets during rallies that have been taking place since June.

Police have responded with tear gas, water cannon, rubber

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