Hong Kong pro­test­ers defy warn­ings

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News -

Crowds of masked pro­test­ers in Hong Kong de­fied of­fi­cial warn­ings, set fires in the streets and bat­tled po­lice Satur­day in the most in­tense clashes since the pro-democ­racy demon­stra­tions here be­gan in June.

As gov­ern­ment he­li­copters hov­ered above the city, riot po­lice fired tear gas, pep­per spray and wa­ter can­nons at pro­test­ers out­side gov­ern­ment of­fices and the Chi­nese mil­i­tary’s lo­cal head­quar­ters. Some in the crowd threw fire­bombs at po­lice bar­ri­cades.

Po­lice pumped bluedyed wa­ter into knots of pro­test­ers, mark­ing them to make it eas­ier for of­fi­cers to make ar­rests.

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