Protesters in Hong Kong are using tennis racquets to fend off tear gas while police fired live bullets for the first time in the weeks-long demonstrations.
Pro-democracy protesters were seen armed with metal poles and sports equipment to protect themselves from a police crackdown amid escalating tensions in the city.
An afternoon rally in the district of Tsuen Wan spiralled into violent clashes on Sunday with officers caught isolated by masked youths wielding sticks and throwing rocks.
Tensions escalated when police began hoisting warning flags before firing tear gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd, who reacted angrily by throwing bricks and molotov cocktails.
In one instance, several police officers drew their sidearms. ‘According to my understanding, just now a gunshot was fired by a colleague,’ Superintendent Leung Kwok Win told the press.
‘My initial understanding was that it was a uniformed policeman who fired his gun.’
Protesters in Hong Kong are using tennis racquets to fend off tear gas after police fired live bullets for the first time in the weeks-long demonstration
Pro-democracy protesters were seen armed with sports equipment to protect themselves from a police crackdown amid escalating tensions in the city
A Hong Kong police officer fired at least one gunshot Sunday, the first time a live round has been used during three months of protests. Above: Officers point their guns at protesters on the streets of Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
There has been a worrying change in the methods being used by city police to break up the crowds, with one instance where several police officers drew their sidearms, an AFP reporter at the scene said
A protester clad in a gas mask and other protective gear throws a brick at police during a clash at an anti-government rally in Tsuen Wan district to the north of the Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour earlier today
Another protestor, wearing the symbolic yellow helmet, is held down by two officers in riot gear as the police force clears out a street previously held by protestors
Tens of thousands of protesters skirmished with police in Hong Kong for a second straight day on Sunday following a pro-democracy march in an outlying district. After hoisting warning flags, police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. Above: A protester throws a Molotov cocktail at police
Flames from molotov cocktails and petrol bombs linger on the road and pavement after anti-extradition bill protesters clashed with riot police during a protest to demand democracy and political reforms, at Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong this evening
A makeshift barricade of bollards and railings separates protestors from police officers as night falls across Hong Kong
It was unclear where the shot was aimed, but it was the first live round fired since the protests started three months ago.
The Hong Kong Free Press reported that three officers drew pistols in Tsuen Wan, a built up north of the main city, as two ‘got on their knees’ to beg the officers not to fire any shots.
There was a sense of chaos across swathes of the Kowloon peninsula, over the harbour from the main island of Hong Kong, with police sirens blaring, tear gas wafting throughout densely populated areas and running clashes on the streets.
The skirmishes between police and tens of thousands of protesters occurred for a second straight day today following a pro-democracy march from a sports stadium in Kwai Fong to Tsuen Wan.
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.
One woman looked undeterred by a police officer clutching a baton as she faced him while holding a purple umbrella above her head
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. Above: Police fire tear gas at protesters
After hoisting warning flags, police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. Protesters responded by throwing bricks and gasoline bombs toward the police
The result was a surreal scene of small fires and scattered paving bricks on the street between the two, rising clouds of tear gas and green and blue laser lights pointed by the protesters at the police. Above: Riot police aim their guns at protesters
Police also carried riot shields and wore body armour, helmets and gas masks to defend against projectiles which were hurled at them in response to their tear gas
Some protesters wore protective gear including helmets and gas masks to guard against tear gas volleys by police. One mn (right) appeared to be holding his own weapon
The demonstrators were not deterred by police as they charged towards them. Their defiance was despite multiple warnings by the Chinese government that the protests must stop
Some police drew their weapons as the clashes with protesters escalated. Today’s reported gunshots were the first in the three months of pro-democracy protests
Multiple photographers surrounded one officer with clutching his gun as they looked to record what was going on
After hoisting warning flags, police used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. Protesters responded by throwing bricks and gasoline bombs toward the police.
The result was a surreal scene of small fires and scattered paving bricks on the street between the two, rising clouds of tear gas and green and blue laser lights pointed by the protesters at the police.
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.
What do Hong Kong protesters want?
Apart from the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Hong Kong demonstrators have listed five demands and have continued to urge the government to respond to them.
These five demands are:
1. A complete withdrawal of the extradition bill
2. A retraction from the government to its characterisation that the protesters were ‘rioters’
3. Unconditional and immediate release of protesters who were arrested and charges against them dropped
4. Establishment of an independent inquiry to investigate police violence during clashes
5. Genuine universal suffrage
The protests began with people gathering at a sports stadium in Kwai Fong, western Hong Kong, where they then marched to nearby Tsuen Wan and clashed with police.
The Chinese-ruled city’s rail operator, MTR Corp, had suspended some services to try to prevent people gathering.
M. Sung, a 53-year-old software engineer in a black mask emblematic of the many older, middle-class citizens at the march, said he had been at almost every protest and would keep coming.
‘We know this is the last chance to fight for ‘one country, two systems’, otherwise the Chinese Communist Party will penetrate our home city and control everything,’ he said.
‘If we keep a strong mind, we can sustain this movement for justice and democracy. It won’t die,’ Sung said.
Hong Kong has been gripped by three months of street demonstrations that started against a proposed extradition bill to China, but have spun out into a wider pro-democracy movement.
Protesters say they are fighting the erosion of the ‘one country, two systems’ arrangement under which the former British colony returned to China in 1997 with the promise of continued freedoms not enjoyed on the mainland.
The protests pose a direct challenge for Communist Party leaders in Beijing, who are eager to quell the unrest ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1.
Beijing has sent a clear warning that forceful intervention is possible, with paramilitary forces holding drills just over the border.
The Chinese Government has used a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle to constrict the protests in a strategy dubbed ‘white terror’ by the movement.
The MTR – the city’s metro – is the latest Hong Kong business to be rebuked by the public, after appearing to bend to Chinese state-media attacks accusing the transport system of being an ‘exclusive’ service to ferry protesters to rallies.
Today, the MTR shut stations near the main demonstration area in Tsuen Wan, the second day of station closures in a row.
As photographers took pictures, a Hong Kong officers were seen with their guns out as they clashed with protesters again
Demonstrators also carried lasers which they shined into the eyes of police in an effort to hit back against their volleys of tear gas
One protester who was caught by police looked up fearfully at an officer as they tended to injuries he had suffered in clashes
The officer appeared to shine a light into the man’s eyes while others stood guard around him as others continued to protest
Riot police successfully detain one protester who is seen lying on their stomach with their hands on the wet road as officers talk to each other
Hong Kong was filled with clouds of tear gas as the sun began to go down in the region and protesters stayed on the streets
Some were armed with metal bars and wore helmets, goggles and gas masks for protection. Others wore body armour, including one man whose arms and chest were covered in protective gear
Lines of police were matched by masses of protesters who stood behind makeshift barriers. Many of those protesting wore yellow helmets and held umbrellas aloft
Bamboo poles were left strewn over the street as protesters tried to build barricades to push back the police in Tsuen Wan
Many protesters filled Tsuen Wan Park, the endpoint of the rally, chanting, ‘Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,’ the South China Morning Post newspaper said
Some protesters, undeterred by the robust police response, threw projectiles including Molotov cocktails at police
Other protesters were seen cowering in the streets of Tsuen Wan while wearing gas masks and helmets and holding umbrellas
Some rioters were detained by police, including one woman who cowered on the floor with her head bowed as two officers with shields and batons stood over her
The protesters filled Hong Kong’s streets, with thousands holding umbrellas over their heads both as protection against the rain and as a reference to the original ‘Umbrella Movement’ in 2014
The protests began with people gathering at a sports stadium in Kwai Fong, western Hong Kong, where they then marched to nearby Tsuen Wan and clashed with police. The Chinese-ruled city’s rail operator, MTR Corp, had suspended some services to try to prevent people gathering
Protesters were not afraid to have physical clashes with police as they were seen fighting with officers. Above: One policeman crouches on the floor as a protester stands over him with a metal bar
Despite the defiance of protesters, a seemingly-endless stream of police filled the streets to deal with demonstrations
Many of those clashes with officers were dressed in helmets and face coverings and some had makeshift weapons
As well as clashing with police, a hoard of protesters were seen breaking into and trashing a restaurant in Tsuen Wan
After smashing windows, protesters were seen standing amid upturned tables and chairs and shards of broken glass
Some protesters used metal poles to smash the window of a shop run by mainland Chinese people where Mahjong – a traditional Chinese domino-like tile game – can be played. The tactics are likely to further anger the Chinese government
After the windows were smashed, people inside huddled in a doorway while one man sitting at a table appeared to be crying
Worried-looking Hong Kong residents stood and watched the protesters break into the shop. The residents have witnessed three months of ongoing protests
In another Mahjong venue, broken glass was pictured scattered over the floor while a man peered through a doorway at the back of the room
Police facing protesters were backed up by trucks firing water cannon which helped to knock down makeshift barricades
Officers were seen walking through the streets behind and head of police vans as protesters massed up ahead of them
A petrol bomb thrown on the road by a protester lands next to police officers who keep a safe distance from leaping flames
Bricks thrown by protesters are seen near tear gas fired by the police during violent clashes between officers and those on the streets
One protester holds an umbrella as they react to the haze of tear gas which hung over the streets of Hong Kong for much of the day
Despite this, protesters continued to gather at Kwai Chung sports stadium in the pouring rain before beginning the march to Tsuen Wan.
A second rally of a few hundred, some of them family members of police, was also held on Sunday afternoon.
One relative, who said she was the wife of an officer, said they had received enough criticism. ‘I believe within these two months, police have got enough opprobrium.’
‘I really want you to know even if the whole world spits on you, we as family members will not,’ she said, giving her surname only as Si.
Police said they would launch a ‘dispersal operation’ soon.
‘Some radical protesters have removed railings … and set up barricades with water-filled barriers, bamboo sticks, traffic cones and other objects,’ they said in a statement. ‘Such acts neglect the safety of citizens and road users, paralysing traffic in the vicinity.
‘Remember, your job is to serve Hong Kong residents, not be the enemies of Hong Kong.’
The city’s officers are often the focus of protesters’ anger because of their perceived heavy-handling of the rallies.
The neighbouring gambling territory of Macau, a former Portuguese colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1999, elected former legislature head Ho Iat Seng as its leader on Sunday – the sole approved candidate.
One defiant-looking man is detained by officers as they continue to try to deal with the ongoing protests which have rocked Hong Kong
One protester held an egg above his head as he prepares to launch it at police while others cower behind him
One protester held a tennis racket as he and others fled from a tear gas canister. Today, the MTR shut stations near the main demonstration area in Tsuen Wan, the second day of station closures in a row
A demonstrator uses a slingshot as they clash with riot police during today’s protest in Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong
Protesters who were not cowed by tear gas from police used slingshots to fire bricks back at them. Many wore gas masks to guard against tear gas
This man wearing a gas mask had a closed umbrella in one hand and some kind of inflatable in the other as he faced the police
Protesters constructed barricades from road barriers and wooden pallets as they faced police amid a cloud of tear gas which had been fired by officers
An anti-riot police vehicle equipped with a water cannon clears the road from a barricade set up by protesters during an anti-government rally in Kwai Fung and Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Some protesters wore gas masks to protect against a barrage of tear gas from police in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Many crouched behind makeshift barriers while others watched the clashes from inside a glass-panelled walkway above
Riot police wearing gas masks and armed with batons walked in front of a water cannon truck as they continued to respond to the ongoing protests
Some protesters threw slightly less dangerous projectiles at police, in the form of eggs. One man (above) was pictured throwing an egg and he had a plentiful supply behind him
Even though most protesters engaging in clashes with police were wearing as masks, officers continued to fire volleys of tear gas at them
Battle lines drawn: protesters and police faced each other in the street in Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong. Demonstrators stood behind makeshift barricades while officers held up riot shields
One protester used spray paint to scrawl on the wall ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’ – a chilling hint that the Chinese government may impose a further crackdown on protesters
The city had earlier appeared to have pulled back from a sharp nosedive into violence, with the last serious confrontation taking place more than a week ago, shortly after protests paralysed the financial hub’s airport. But today’s clashes again brought more violence. Above: A man helps a fellow protester as he falls to the floor amid the heavy use of tear gas by police
One man defiantly waved his middle finger at police as he stood behind makeshift barricades and others cowered in the face of tear gas
Some officers appeared to be in plain clothes as they clashed with protesters for the second straight day in what has been three months of ongoing protests
Amid the use of tear gas by police, protesters were pictured running away while wearing gas masks and holding umbrellas
Children were pictured with their parents during some of today’s protests as thousands of people took to the streets
Protesters were armed with metal poles and even tennis rackets as dozens of people watched the clashes with police from a walkway above the street
Protesters broke into restaurants during clashes. Above: A group of six men use metal poles to smash the glass of one venue
One protester reaches out at what appears to be a tear gas canister as it sprays out gas intended to subdue protesters
Ho, who has deep ties to China, is expected to cement Beijing’s control over the ‘special administrative region’, the same status given to Hong Kong, and distance it from the unrest there.
Ten people were left in hospital after Saturday’s clashes in Hong Kong – two in a serious condition – staff said, without detailing if they were police or protesters.
Saturday’s clashes saw police baton-charge protesters and fire tear gas, while demonstrators threw rocks and bottles later into the night in a working-class neighbourhood.
The city had earlier appeared to have pulled back from a sharp nosedive into violence, with the last serious confrontation taking place more than a week ago, shortly after protests paralysed the financial hub’s airport.
Demonstrations started against a bill that would have allowed extradition to China, but have bled into wider calls for democracy and police accountability in the semi-autonomous city.
Protesters say Hong Kong’s unique freedoms are in jeopardy as Beijing tightens its political choke hold on the city.
Police fired volleys of tear gas throughout clashes with demonstrators as they attempted to quell the ongoing protests
Protesters wearing helmets, gas masks and gloves wield makeshift weapons. Others hold lasers and shine them at police
Violent clashes between police and protesters saw officers wielding their batons and riot shields as their opponents held makeshift weapons
A protester holds his arm out as a policeman prepares to hit him with his baton. Today’s protests have seen further violence descend onto the streets of Hong Kong
Some police were dressed in plain clothes as they clashed with demonstrators. Above: An officer cries out as a protester smashes a metal bar against his shield
Some protesters directed laser pens towards police as the streets were filled with thousands of people in Hong Kong today
M. Sung, a 53-year-old software engineer in a black mask emblematic of the many older, middle-class citizens at the march, said he had been at almost every protest and would keep coming. ‘We know this is the last chance to fight for ‘one country, two systems’, otherwise the Chinese Communist Party will penetrate our home city and control everything,’ he said. Above: A protester holds up a sign reading ‘corrupt police return eyes to victims’ as demonstrators march in the rain today
Hong Kong has been gripped by three months of street demonstrations that started against a proposed extradition bill to China , but have spun out into a wider pro-democracy movement. Above: Protesters also carried bamboo sticks to block a road during today’s protests. Yesterday, riot police fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters who retaliated with a barrage of the bamboo poles, stones and bottles
Demonstrators used the poles to block a road. The MTR – the city’s metro – is the latest Hong Kong business to be rebuked by the public, after appearing to bend to Chinese state-media attacks accusing the transport system of being an ‘exclusive’ service to ferry protesters to rallies
The protests pose a direct challenge for Communist Party leaders in Beijing, who are eager to quell the unrest ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on Oct. 1. Above: Protesters march from Kwai Fung to Tsuen Wan in Hong Kong
Some protesters were seen holding U.S. flags as they join marchers heading from Kwai Fung to Tsuen Wan, further north
One woman, who said she was the wife of an officer, said the police had received enough criticism. ‘I believe within these two months, police have got enough opprobrium’. Above: Riot police officers stand guard as protesters march in Tsuen Wan
In Tsuen Wan, demonstrators marched through the area, including one man who was seen in a yellow helmet and military vest
Today, the MTR shut stations near the main demonstration area in Tsuen Wan in western Hong Kong, it was the second day of station closures in a row. Above: Protesters march past rows of police
Beijing has used a mix of intimidation, propaganda and economic muscle to constrict the protests in a strategy dubbed ‘white terror’ by the movement, but that has not stopped hundreds of thousands of protesters from gathering on their streets. Above: Protesters clutching umbrellas gather today in Hong Kong
Demonstrators also removed road barriers during their march during through Kwai Fong, in Hong Kong today
Ten people were left in hospital after Saturday’s clashes – two in a serious condition – staff said, without detailing if they were police or protesters
Saturday’s clashes saw police baton-charge protesters and fire tear gas, while demonstrators threw rocks and bottles later into the night in a working-class neighbourhood
On Friday, tens of thousands of people had held hands across Hong Kong in a dazzling, neon-framed recreation of a pro-democracy ‘Baltic Way’ protest against Soviet rule three decades ago.
The city’s skyscraper-studded harbour-front as well as several busy shopping districts were lined with peaceful protesters, many wearing surgical masks to hide their identity and holding Hong Kong flags or mobile phones with lights shining.
The human chain was another creative demonstration in the rolling protests which have tipped Hong Kong into an unprecedented political crisis.
Chinese state media says Hong Kong’s ‘toxic’ textbooks lead to protests
Chinese state newspaper has suggested that the cause of the anti-government protests in Hong Kong is the city’s education system, particularly its textbooks.
Tung Chee-hwa, the city’s first Chief Executive, has confessed that the General Education system in Hong Kong was a failure and the young generations became ‘problematic’ as a result, claimed People’s Daily in a column today.
The op-ed, penned by Professor Gu Minggang, said Hong Kong needed to reflect on its entire education system.
Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms in Hong Kong on August 23. Chinese media accused that the city’s ‘biased’ and ‘erroneous’ textbooks had brought up a generation of ‘useless youngsters’
The author said: ‘After Hong Kong returned to the arms of the motherland, the first and foremost issue to resolve should be to establish the concept of the country. The problem is, how many educators in Hong Kong have this notion?’
On Wednesday, China’s Guancha.cn called the General Education textbook in Hong Kong ‘toxic’, ‘biased’ and ‘erroneous’.
Citing Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing newspaper Wenweipo, Guancha.cn accused the textbook of encouraging pupils to hate police, promoting Occupy Central campaign and twisting facts.
The article said that the textbook had become a political propaganda and brought up a generation of ‘useless youngsters’.