Published On: Mon, Aug 12th, 2019

Hong Kong protests latest news: Police fire tear gas at ’point blank range’ | World | News

BBC China Correspondent Stephen McDonell tweeted: “Hong Kong riot police charging into a subway station pursuing pro-democracy activists and firing into them at point blank range. I’ve seen police being provoked here but I’m speechless. Carrie Lam says no police inquiry needed they’re investigating themselves.”

The Hong Kong Government responded on their official website condemning the “violence” of the protestors.

The government statement said: “Violent protesters vandalised public property and blocked roads.

“They also besieged police stations, aimed laser beams and hurled bricks to attack police officers.

“Some violent protesters even hurled petrol bombs, injuring a police officer.”

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Tensions erupted again as protestors employed innovative tactics to stay safe and evade the police as the city enters its 10th week of mass demonstrations and unrest.

In the Wan Chai district, petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at riot police who responded by charging at protesters with batons.

A number of people, including a police officer, were injured in the clashes.

Police were also filmed firing rubber bullets at close range inside a subway station, while other officers were seen beating people with batons on an escalator.

Two months of demonstrations sparked by a controversial extradition bill show no signs of abating, with both sides hardening their stance.

Their demands have broadened to include calls for more democracy and for Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam to resign.

On Sunday afternoon, a peaceful rally in the city’s Victoria Park sparked clashes when protesters moved out of the area and marched along a major road despite a police ban.

There were confrontations in several central districts and police used rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse the demonstrators.

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