Scuffles erupt at Hong Kong pro-government march

Scuffles broke out today as thousands marched in support of Hong Kong's scandal-plagued leader Leung Chun-ying, ahead of a mass pro-democracy rally planned for New Year's day.

Around 2,500 people took to the cold and windy streets waving Chinese flags and shouting slogans in favour of Mr Leung, who faces possible impeachment proceedings over illegal alterations to his luxury home.

Scuffles erupted mid way between pro-Leung supporters and anti-government campaigners who arrived carrying colonial Hong Kong flags. 

Some participants were also seen punching two reporters from a local television station. 

Mr Leung was chosen to lead Hong Kong in March by a pro-Beijing election committee, promising to improve governance and uphold the rule of law in the former British colony of seven million people.

But in his first six months in power, Mr Leung has seen his popularity ratings slide and faced a no-confidence vote in the city's legislature.