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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters run

Credit: Reuters - Politics
Published on June 12, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters run

Hong Kong police fired pepper spray at protesters near government buildings on Wednesday as tensions ramped up over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protesters run

ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas on Wednesday (June 12) at demonstrators who threw plastic bottles in running battles outside the city's legislature, angry at an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.

Tens of thousands of protesters had gathered peacefully in the Chinese-ruled city before tempers flared and demonstration turned to chaos, some charging police with umbrellas.

Police warned them back, saying: "We will use force." Protesters "must stop the violence", the police chief said, warning residents to stay away from the area.

The protesters, most of them young people dressed in black, had erected barricades as they prepared to hunker down for an extended occupation of the area, in scenes reminiscent of pro-democracy "Occupy" protests that gridlocked the former British colony in 2014.

Protesters rallied in and around Lung Wo Road, a main east-west artery near the offices of embattled Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, as hundreds of armed riot police, some with plastic shields, warned them to stop advancing.

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