Hong Kong protests: police fire tear gas to disperse crowds

Hong Kong protests: police fire tear gas to disperse crowds



[Applause] every weekend now the Hong Kong riot police and special tactical squads spoil the party and these days it's guaranteed to end in tears with volleys of CS gas there'd been sporadic clashes during the early evening but today felt particularly edgy because the protests in Yuen long had been declared illegal on safety grounds this rural town an hour north of Hong Kong City was where suspected triad gangsters have attacked commuters and demonstrators heading home at the local station by 8:00 p.m. the protesters had been kettled at the station some hurled bricks and bottles towards the police who tore down their makeshift barricades okay this looks like the end of the long standoff the riot police are moving down to confront the thousands of protesters down below here next to the station where that violent attacks happened last weekend this is one of the most brazen act of protest so far in this long hot summer of discontent and bear in mind this is happening just a stone's throw from a Chinese border the police have been under fire themselves Hong Kongers incensed by their failure to stop last Sunday's UN long attack accusations of police collusion with the Triads strenuously denied 10:00 p.m. and diehard activists now trapped on the station platform were aiming for hoses down the escalators of please this is the shocking violence that triggered today's protest meted out by masked men wearing white 45 people ended up in hospital today Hong Kong's men and women in black were out in force defiant in the face of a threat from China just this week that the People's Liberation Army could be deployed to defuse this situation we're probably expecting Beijing's boundaries but we're not afraid of that are you really prepared to suffer the consequences of a crackdown by page 8 Beijing if it loses patience we are well aware of what happened in 10m and Square and I believe a lot of people here are actually more than prepared for you know in case of an invasion by the PLA obviously we know what quite that leads to but then we die Hong Kong would die with us that's our stance tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters converged on you and long in searing heat despite the ban they're chanting denounced tyranny colorful epithets were directed at the local police chief free Hong Kong they shouted reclaim Yuen long from the Triads [Applause] another slogan well more of a strategy really is inspired by the best-known Hongkonger ever the kungfu master bruce lee it's stunning in its simplicity be water and by that it means be flexible be formulas and these demonstrators have taken that too hard today the protest is up here UN law with a China border tomorrow it's downtown next week it's somewhere else it was then that riot police appeared inside streets Eddie Chu a local elected politician began to taunt them and authorized demonstration like we have so many times into an end to life police can still fire tear gas and rubber bullet to the people so it doesn't mean a lone protester waved a colonial-era Hong Kong flag now Hong Kong is feel they're being inexorably colonized by China many people had come from all over Hong Kong found themselves trapped by lines of police tonight's police operation was relatively successful the streets were cleared trouble limited tomorrow it'll be déjà vu though back in Hong Kong city were once again a planned protest has been banned

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