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HK protests: Clashes as police fire tear gas into rail station

Published: August 12, 2019 10:44:45 | Updated: August 12, 2019 15:46:29


Hong Kong (HK) police have once again clashed with anti-government protesters as the city enters its 10th week of mass demonstrations and unrest, reports BBC.

Police fired tear gas across the city on Sunday night, including into an enclosed railway station.

In the Wan Chai district, petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at riot police who responded by charging at protesters with batons.

A number of people, including a police officer, were injured in the clashes.

Police were also filmed firing rubber bullets at close range inside a subway station, while other officers were seen beating people with batons on an escalator.

Two months of demonstrations sparked by a controversial extradition bill show no signs of abating, with both sides hardening their stance.

Although the government has now suspended the bill, which would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, demonstrators want it to be fully withdrawn.

Their demands have broadened to include calls for an independent inquiry into alleged police brutality, and for Hong Kong's leader Carrie Lam to resign.

On Sunday afternoon, a peaceful rally in the city's Victoria Park sparked clashes when protesters moved out of the area and marched along a major road despite a police ban.

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