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Hong Kong police fire tear gas in pro-democracy protest

Last updated on November 2, 2019

It was an early, quick reaction to some rally billed as an “emergency call” for liberty because of the former British colony which was assured its freedoms as it returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

The fast-moving audiences led into the park throughout the Causeway Bay shopping district, a few yanking metal fencing to construct road barricades, their activities masked by other people holding umbrellas. Activists threw at least one gas bomb.

Many sang the British and U.S. national anthems, waving multi-national flags along with some calling for liberty, a red line for Communist Party leaders in Beijing who’ve pledged to crush such a move.

Police using loud-hailers cautioned them to disperse, saying they’d be penalized for holding an illegal meeting on the 22nd right weekend of protest.

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Police increased the black flag, warning of tear gas, together with activists running in all directions around the playground.

Anti-riot Police Tactical Unit vans were in awaiting the narrow side-streets around the Central business district to the west, the marchers’ destination after in the day.

Protesters have accepted to the roads for five months of occasionally violent unrest, mad at sensed Chinese infantry with Hong Kong’s freedoms, such as its legal system.

Activists have attacked police with gas bombs, place road fires and trashed government buildings and companies seen as pro-Beijing.

1 policeman was cut in the throat with a knife.

Many individuals are wounded.

Saturday’s rally wasn’t granted official authorities consent, as is demanded, but that hasn’t stopped people gathering previously. Face masks were prohibited under a resuscitated colonial-era crisis law.

“It will not make sense (with this particular meeting to become unauthorized),” said one protester, 55, who gave her name as Lulu. “That is our right… The worldwide support is quite important. We aren’t just in Hong Kong.

Simon Tse, 84, came together with his two brothers.

“I have not joined a demonstration on the road as the Oct. 1 march that became rather stern,” he told Reuters. “But now I’m joining because we’re calling for international aid, advocating assistance from 15 nations. This is the final opportunity for Hong Kong people.”

Government information on Thursday confirmed that Hong Kong slid into recession in the next quarter to the first time because of the international financial meltdown of 2008. Retail sales dropped 18.3percent in value in September from a year before, an eighth consecutive month of decrease.