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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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Riot police officers remove a barricade during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Riot police officers remove a barricade during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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A riot police officer is seen during an anti-government protest in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

A riot police officer is seen during an anti-government protest in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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Riot police hold a sign during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Riot police hold a sign during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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An anti-government protester holds a sign during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

An anti-government protester holds a sign during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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Anti-government protesters make a barricade during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Anti-government protesters make a barricade during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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An anti-government protester burns a Chinese flag in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

An anti-government protester burns a Chinese flag in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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An anti-government protester holds a sign during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

An anti-government protester holds a sign during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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Riot police hold a sign during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Riot police hold a sign during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Protesters have burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray during a march in Hong Kong in renewed clashes over anti-government grievances.

Police accused protesters of spraying water at officers during the march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun in Hong Kong's north-west. Reporters saw at least one person arrested.

The event was relatively small compared with previous demonstrations that have taken place every weekend since June. The protests started with opposition to a proposed extradition law and have expanded to include demands for greater democracy in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

The events are an embarrassment for China's ruling Communist Party ahead of celebrations on October 1 of its 70th anniversary in power. Hong Kong's government has announced it has cancelled a fireworks display that day, citing concern for public safety.

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Protesters in Tuen Mun marched from a playground to a government office building. Many were dressed in black and carried umbrellas, a symbol of their movement.

Protesters chanted, "Reclaim Hong Kong!" and "Revolution of our times!"

Most were peaceful but some took down a Chinese flag outside a government office and set fire to it. Government broadcaster RTHK said some damaged fire hoses in the Tuen Mun light rail station.

Organisers announced the event, due to last two hours, was ending after one hour due to the chaotic scene at the station.

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Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

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Riot police stand guard during an anti-government march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

An organiser quoted by RTHK, Michael Mo, complained that police escalated tensions by sending armed anti-riot officers.

That will "only escalate tension between protesters and police", Mo was quoted as saying.

Hong Kong's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, has agreed to withdraw the extradition bill. But protesters are pressing other demands, including an independent investigation of complaints about police violence during earlier demonstrations.

Protesters complain Beijing and Ms Lam's government are eroding the "high degree of autonomy" and Western-style civil liberties promised to the former British colony when it was returned to China in 1997.

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The protests have begun to weigh on Hong Kong's economy, which was already slowing due to cooling global consumer demand. The Hong Kong airport said passenger traffic fell in August and business is off at hotels and retailers.

Police refused permission for Saturday's march but an appeal tribunal overturned that decision. The panel on Friday gave permission for a two-hour event that it said had to end at 5pm.

Protesters in Tuen Mun also complained about a group of women from mainland China who sing in a local park. Residents say they are too loud and accuse some of asking for money or engaging in prostitution.

Those complaints prompted a similar march in July.

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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An anti-government protester is detained during a march in Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, China September 21, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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