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Friday 23 February 2018

Police use tear gas amid protest

Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people block a main road to the financial central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Riot police use tear gas against protesters after thousands of people block a main road to the financial central district outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Thousands of people block a main road in Hong Kong (AP)
Protesters wear masks and goggles to protect themselves from pepper spray while blocking a police car outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Student protesters stand behind barricades used to occupy the streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Police officers stand guard in the streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Protesters wear masks and goggles to protect themselves from pepper spray while blocking a police car outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Protesters wearing masks and goggles to shield from pepper spray block a police car outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)

Hong Kong police have used tear gas to try to clear a huge crowd of pro-democracy protesters who had gathered outside government headquarters.

Police lobbed canisters of tear gas into the crowd on Sunday evening after spending hours holding the protesters at bay.

Thousands of people block a main road in Hong Kong (AP)
Thousands of people block a main road in Hong Kong (AP)
Protesters wear masks and goggles to protect themselves from pepper spray while blocking a police car outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Student protesters stand behind barricades used to occupy the streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Police officers stand guard in the streets surrounding the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Protesters wear masks and goggles to protect themselves from pepper spray while blocking a police car outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)
Protesters wearing masks and goggles to shield from pepper spray block a police car outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong (AP)

The searing fumes sent protesters fleeing down the road.

Authorities launched their crackdown after the protest spiralled into an extraordinary scene of chaos as the crowd jammed a busy road and clashed with officers wielding pepper spray.

The protesters were trying tried to reach a mass sit-in being held outside government headquarters to demand Beijing grant genuine democratic reforms to the former British colony.

Press Association

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