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Tear gas at Hong Kong protest

Some protesters pelted eggs at the walls of the liaison office, while others spray-painted graffiti

By Reuters in Hong Kong
  • Published 22.07.19, 12:16 AM
  • Updated 22.07.19, 12:16 AM
  • a min read
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A protestor kicks a tear gas canister in Hong Kong on July 21, 2019. Hong Kong police launched tear gas at protesters Sunday after a massive pro-democracy march continued late into the evening. (AP)

Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in chaotic scenes late on Sunday as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by the city’s political masters in Beijing.

Thousands of protesters descended on China’s representative office in the city, in a direct challenge to authorities in Beijing.

Black-clad activists, many wearing masks, defied police orders and marched beyond the official end-point of a rally that took place earlier in the day as they made their way towards the Liaison Office, in a direct challenge to authorities in Beijing.

When asked whether the protesters would attempt to force entry into the building, one 30-year-old man dressed head to toe in black said “No”, as he mimicked a throat-slitting action. “That would be the death of Hong Kong,” he added.

Some protesters pelted eggs at the walls of the liaison office, while others spray-painted graffiti.

Hundreds of riot police faced off with protesters, firing tear gas to disperse them as police and ambulance sirens echoed through the crowds.

Activists had daubed graffiti on massive concrete pillars leading up to Beijing’s liaison office in the city.

A commentary published in the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper on Sunday said: “If violence continues, it will inevitably deal a greater blow to Hong Kong’s prosperity and stability.”