Police fire tear gas, protesters hurl rocks in Hong Kong clashes

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Published on July 27, 2019 - Duration: 00:58s

Police fire tear gas, protesters hurl rocks in Hong Kong clashes

Police fired tear gas while protesters hurled rocks during clashes in a rural Hong Kong town on Saturday as several thousand activists gathered to protest an attack by suspected triad gang members at a train station last weekend.

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Police fire tear gas, protesters hurl rocks in Hong Kong clashes

Activists pushed ahead with the march in Yuen Long, scene of the attack by club-wielding men, in spite of a refusal by police to allow the protest on safety grounds.

Rocks and bottles were thrown by protesters, who built barricades out of street furniture and umbrellas, creating multiple stand-offs.

Police, widely criticized for failing to better protect the public from last weekend's attack, responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and sponge grenades, a crowd control weapon.

While hundreds of protesters left the area as it grew dark, several hundred more remained.

Many were armed with sticks and improvised shields made from wood, surf boards, cardboard and other materials.

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