Hong Kong democ­racy rally cut short by tear gas

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

HONG KONG — Thou­sands of peo­ple took to Hong Kong’s streets Sun­day in a new wave of pro-democ­racy protests, but po­lice fired tear gas af­ter some demon­stra­tors hurled bricks and smoke bombs, break­ing a rare pause in vi­o­lence that has per­sisted dur­ing the six­month-long move­ment.

In the largest of three ral­lies, a key thor­ough­fare along the wa­ter­front on the Kowloon side of Vic­to­ria Har­bour was packed with demon­stra­tors, from hard­ened masked pro­test­ers in all-black out­fits to fam­i­lies and the el­derly. They chanted “Five de­mands, not one less” and “Dis­band the po­lice force” as they marched.

That rally fol­lowed two oth­ers ear­lier Sun­day as pro­test­ers sought to keep the pres­sure on city leader Car­rie Lam.

Po­lice es­ti­mated that 16,000 peo­ple at­tended the Kowloon rally.

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