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UK NewsViolence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban

19:05  15 september  2019
19:05  15 september  2019 Source:   msn.com

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HONG KONG — A sea of Hong Kong protesters marched through the dense city center in the pouring rain on Sunday, defying a police ban , in a vivid display of the movement’s continuing strength after more than two months of demonstrations, days of ugly violence and increasingly vehement warnings

HONG KONG — Police fired blue dye from water cannons and volleys of tear gas to disperse protesters besieging Hong Kong ’s government headquarters, as tens of thousands took to the streets in defiance of a ban on antigovernment demonstrations. Violence flared late Saturday afternoon

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban © Provided by The Associated Press An anti-government protester throws back a tear gas canister fired by the police during a demonstration near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Police fired a water cannon and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG (AP) — Police fired chemical-laced blue water and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban.

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HONG KONG — Crowds of masked prodemocracy demonstrators in Hong Kong defied official warnings, set fires in the streets and battled the police on Saturday in the most intense clashes since protests over the city’s fate began in June.

HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched over police objections and occupied central thoroughfares in Hong Kong on Sunday, punctuating a weekend that included fistfights between people on opposing sides of the city’s yawning political divide.

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban © Provided by The Associated Press An anti-government protester throws a Molotov cocktail during a demonstration near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Police fired a water cannon and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

A mixed crowd of hardcore protesters in black and wearing masks, along with families with children, spilled into the roads of the Causeway Bay shopping belt and marched for over 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to the central business district. Some waved U.S. and British flags, while others carried posters reiterating their calls for democratic reforms.

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HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators chanted slogans and marched through downtown Hong Kong on Sunday in defiance of a police ban , as shops shuttered amid fears of renewed violence in the semiautonomous Chinese territory that has been unsettled by months of protests .

Police had turned down a request by the Civil Human Rights Front to hold the march, but the demonstrators were undeterred, as they've been all summer.

"I feel this is our duty. The government wants to block us with the ban, but I want to say that the people will not be afraid," said one protester, Winnie Leung, 50.

The march disrupted traffic, and many shops, including the Sogo department store in Causeway Bay, one of Hong Kong's largest department stores, closed their doors.

Protesters burned Chinese flags and tore down banners congratulating China's ruling Communist Party, which will celebrate its 70th year in power on Oct. 1. In familiar scenes, some protesters smashed glass windows and surveillance cameras at a subway station exit.

Hundreds of protesters later targeted the government office complex, throwing bricks and gasoline bombs through police barriers. Police responded by firing volleys of tear gas and using water cannon trucks to spray chemical-laced water as well as blue liquid that helped them identify offenders, in a repeat of confrontational scenes from the last several weeks of the protests.

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Hong Kong police fired tear gas and blue dye from water cannons to dispel crowds of protesters who defied a police ban and marched through the Protesters then gathered behind a huge makeshift barrier, many pointing laser beams in the sky above them. The violence continued to escalate, with

The protests , which began over a now-shelved extradition bill, are in their 13th week.

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban © Provided by The Associated Press A police vehicle sprays blue-colored water towards anti-government protesters during a demonstration near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Police fired a water cannon and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Protesters retreated but regrouped in the nearby Wan Chai neighborhood, setting fires outside a subway station exit and on the streets. They fled again after riot police advanced and the cat-and-mouse battles went on for a few hours before calm returned.

Police fired tear gas again later in the nearby North Point area after protesters obstructed traffic after brawling there earlier with pro-government supporters.

Hospital authorities said eight people were injured throughout the day, including three in serious condition.

The protests were triggered in June by an extradition bill that many saw as an example of China's increasing intrusion and at chipping away at Hong Kong residents' freedoms and rights, many of which are not accorded to people in mainland China.

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Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters have defied authorities to hold unsanctioned marches through Hong Kong , a day after riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse demonstrators. Huge crowds made their way through the main island's streets in a now-familiar scene

Masked protesters took to the street in Hong Kong on Saturday in what some are calling the most intense fighting of the summer-long battle. Protesters set

Hong Kong's government promised this month to withdraw the bill, which would have allowed some criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial, but protesters have widened their demands to include direct elections for the city's leaders and police accountability.

More than 1,300 people have been arrested amid increasing clashes between protesters and police, who demonstrators have accused of abuses.

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban © Provided by The Associated Press Police vehicle sprays blue-colored water towards anti-government protesters during a demonstration near Central Government Complex in Hong Kong, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. Police fired a water cannon and tear gas at protesters who lobbed Molotov cocktails outside the Hong Kong government office complex Sunday, as violence flared anew after thousands of pro-democracy supporters marched through downtown in defiance of a police ban. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The unrest has battered Hong Kong's economy, which was already reeling from the U.S.-China trade war. It is also seen as an embarrassment to Beijing, which has accused foreign powers of fomenting the unrest.

Earlier Sunday, hundreds of protesters waved British flags, sang "God Save the Queen" and chanted "UK save Hong Kong" outside the British Consulate as they stepped up calls for international support for their campaign.

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Protesters in Hong Kong once again defied a police ban Sunday to march through the city in their push for greater Chanting Anti-Beijing Slogans, Protesters Defy a Police Ban to March Through Downtown Hong Kong . “Maybe with Trump or American help we can stop the police violence .”

Hong Kong protesters threw bricks and gasoline bombs at police , who responded with tear gas, as chaotic scenes returned to the summer-long anti-government protests on Saturday for the first time in nearly two weeks.

With banners declaring "one country, two systems is dead," they repeated calls for Hong Kong's former colonial ruler to ensure the city's autonomy is upheld under agreements made when Britain ceded power to China in 1997.

Demonstrators held similar rallies Sept. 1 at the British Consulate and last weekend at the U.S. Consulate.

On Saturday, pro-democracy protesters and supporters of the central government in Beijing clashed at a Hong Kong shopping mall and several public places. Police arrested more than a dozen people and hospital authorities said 25 were injured.

The clashes amid the mid-autumn festival holiday came after several nights of peaceful rallies that featured protesters belting out a new protest song in mass singing at shopping malls. Thousands of people also carried lanterns with pro-democracy messages in public areas and formed illuminated human chains on two of the city's peaks on Friday night to mark the major Chinese festival.

Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban
Violence flares after Hong Kong protesters defy police ban

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