Wednesday 18 September 2019

Police and protesters clash in Hong Kong for second straight day following march

Tear gas floats around demonstrators as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Tear gas floats around demonstrators as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A demonstrator throws a brick during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Demonstrators protect themselves from tear gas canisters during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A riot police shoots a tear gas canister during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A riot police shoots a tear gas canister during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Demonstrators are surrounded by tear gas during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Demonstrators take shelter behind barricades as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators are pictured during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A demonstrator uses a slingshot as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators take shelter behind a barricade during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Riot police face demonstrators during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A demonstrator throws a Molotov cocktail as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators stand behind barricades, surrounded by tear gas, during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A demonstrator uses a slingshot during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Riot police officer approaches a demonstrator during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Sticks and traffic cones used by demonstrators to build barricades are pictured during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Skirmishes have taken place between police and protesters in Hong Kong for a second straight day following a pro-democracy march.

While a large crowd rallied in a nearby park, another group of protesters took over a main street, strewing bamboo poles on the pavement and lining up orange and white traffic barriers and cones to try to obstruct the police.

After hoisting warning flags, police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd.

Protesters responded by throwing bricks and petrol bombs towards the police.

Demonstrators protect themselves from tear gas canisters during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Demonstrators protect themselves from tear gas canisters during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Prior to the skirmishes, tens of thousands of umbrella-carrying protesters marched in the rain in Hong Kong's latest pro-democracy demonstration.

Many filled Tsuen Wan Park, the endpoint of the rally, chanting, "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong", the South China Morning Post newspaper said.

A riot police shoots a tear gas canister during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A riot police shoots a tear gas canister during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The march started near the Kwai Fong railway station, which has become a focal point for protesters after police used tear gas in the station earlier this month.

Police with riot gear could be seen moving into position along the march route.

Demonstrators take shelter behind barricades as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
Demonstrators take shelter behind barricades as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Protesters have taken to the semi-autonomous Chinese territory's streets for more than two months. Their demands include democratic elections and an investigation into police use of force to quell the protests.

A large group clashed with police on Saturday after a march in the Kowloon Bay neighbourhood, building barricades and setting fires in the streets.

Demonstrators are pictured during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Demonstrators are pictured during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Police said they arrested 29 people, ranging from 17 to 52 years old, for various offences, including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.

The clashes, while not as prolonged or violent as some earlier ones, ended a brief lull in the violence. The protests had been largely peaceful the previous weekend, after weeks of escalating violence.

A demonstrator uses a slingshot as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
A demonstrator uses a slingshot as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 25, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Protesters in Hong Kong have demanded that the city's leader, Carrie Lam, step down, though that demand has evolved into a broader call for fully democratic elections.

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