Tear gas fired in Hong Kong riot
RIOT police in Hong Kong opened fire with sustained volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets yesterday during battles with pro-democracy protestors.
The clashes were the second consecutive day of violence. Police stormed into thousands of protesters as they sought to defend China’s main representative office in the city during the eighth successive weekend of demonstrations.
A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, streamed out of Chater Garden park after a rally against recent police brutality, despite being warned not to do so.
Chanting ‘Keep up the fight’ in Chinese, a huge crowd were met by riot police who, using loudhailers, called for the crowds to end their ‘illegal assembly’. Tear gas and rubber bullets were fired at demonstrators who responded with bricks and stones.
Police made multiple arrests and several protesters were injured.