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Hong Kong police fire tear gas and water cannon at anti-government activists

Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon on Saturday to disperse anti-government protesters who threw rocks, broke government office windows and blocked a key road near the local headquarters of China’s People’s Liberation Army.

A series of protests for and against the city’s Communist Party rulers in Beijing is planned ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on Tuesday, including at the consulate of former colonial power Britain.

The protesters, many dressed all in black and wearing masks, took cover under umbrellas from the water cannon and fled after the demonstrations had taken a familiar turn into clashes with police as they have done regularly over more than three months. 

Police fired blue water, used in other countries to help identify offenders, as protesters regrouped 100 yards away.

People attend a rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the ‘Umbrella Movement’, in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong. A series of protests for and against the city’s Communist Party rulers in Beijing is planned ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic on Tuesday

Anti-government protesters burn a Chinese Communist Party flag during a rally to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

Anti-government protesters burn a Chinese Communist Party flag during a rally to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong

Riot police stand guard near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong. Police have responded with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and occasional live rounds fired into the air

Riot police stand guard near the central government offices in the Admiralty area in Hong Kong. Police have responded with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and occasional live rounds fired into the air

A protester throws stone near the central government offices. They had smashed windows of government offices and tried to break in, shouting obscenities and daubing slogans on shop-fronts

A protester throws stone near the central government offices. They had smashed windows of government offices and tried to break in, shouting obscenities and daubing slogans on shop-fronts

They had smashed windows of government offices and tried to break in, shouting obscenities and daubing slogans on shop-fronts. They also shone lasers at a helicopter hovering overhead.

In a statement, police said: ‘A large group of violent protesters are occupying Harcourt Road. They also hurled bricks at police officers. Their acts pose a serious threat to the safety of everyone on site.’

The protesters, some frantically changing out of their tell-tale black clothes behind umbrellas on the way, later headed west towards Central, the main tourism and business district.

The narrow streets between towering office buildings are full of top-brand malls, banks and jewellery shops, and many stores had closed their shutters. But there was no trouble.

There were some loud, angry scuffles between residents and police as arrests were made in the upmarket shopping district of Causeway Bay, to the east of Central, but no major clashes.

The protesters, some frantically changing out of their tell-tale black clothes behind umbrellas on the way, later headed west towards Central, the main tourism and business district

The protesters, some frantically changing out of their tell-tale black clothes behind umbrellas on the way, later headed west towards Central, the main tourism and business district

'A large group of violent protesters are occupying Harcourt Road. They also hurled bricks at police officers. Their acts pose a serious threat to the safety of everyone on site,' police said in a statement

‘A large group of violent protesters are occupying Harcourt Road. They also hurled bricks at police officers. Their acts pose a serious threat to the safety of everyone on site,’ police said in a statement

The protesters, many dressed all in black and wearing masks, took cover under umbrellas from the water cannon and fled after the demonstrations had taken a familiar turn into clashes with police as they have done regularly over more than three months

The protesters, many dressed all in black and wearing masks, took cover under umbrellas from the water cannon and fled after the demonstrations had taken a familiar turn into clashes with police as they have done regularly over more than three months

Thousands, young and old, had gathered peacefully at a harbourside park to mark the fifth anniversary of the ‘Umbrella’ pro-democracy movement which gridlocked streets for 79 days in 2014. A band was playing Beatles music as the violence erupted on the road next door.

The park sits in front of central government offices and the Legislative Council, both of which have come under attack before, sparking violent street battles with police.

Sam, 33, a protester dressed in black and wearing a mask said: ‘It’s a special day for Hong Kong protesters. We will stick together to fight for freedom.’

‘Most people think Hong Kong was dying after five years, but many people are still fighting for Hong Kong.’

Anti-government protesters have attacked the legislature, Beijing’s main Liaison Office, occupied the airport, thrown petrol bombs at police, vandalised metro stations and set street fires.

Police have responded with tear gas, water cannon, rubber bullets and occasional live rounds fired into the air.

The MTR subway system closed entrances to some stations on Saturday to prevent fresh attacks. 

Photographers take cover as police fire water cannon on protesters. Police fired blue water, used in other countries to help identify offenders, as protesters regrouped 100 yards away

Photographers take cover as police fire water cannon on protesters. Police fired blue water, used in other countries to help identify offenders, as protesters regrouped 100 yards away

Pro-democracy protesters throw rocks smashing windows of the Central Government offices during a rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2014 Umbrella Movement

Pro-democracy protesters throw rocks smashing windows of the Central Government offices during a rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2014 Umbrella Movement

Riot police use a water cannon during a rally outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong this evening

Riot police use a water cannon during a rally outside the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong this evening

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