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Cops Fire Tear Gas Inside Hong Kong Train Station

Officers disguised as protesters make mass arrests
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 12, 2019 12:03 AM CDT
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Protesters use traffic cones to cover the tear gas canisters fired by riot policemen during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.   (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
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(Newser) – Police fired tear gas Sunday inside a train station and in several other Hong Kong neighborhoods where protesters occupied roads in the tenth straight weekend of anti-government demonstrations. Protesters hurled bricks at officers and ignored warnings to leave before tear gas was deployed in the Sham Shui Po area, police said, calling a march there an "unauthorized assembly," the AP reports. A train station in Kwai Fong filled with smoke after about a dozen police officers fired tear gas inside. It was not clear how many protesters were inside the station at the time, but it has been rare for officers to fire tear gas indoors. Police were also seen beating protesters at Tai Koo station. In the North Point neighborhood, a former Communist stronghold, brawls broke out throughout the day among a group of unidentified men, journalists, and protesters. The men, some carrying Chinese flags, surrounded journalists in neon press vests and yelled at them.

Men believed to have been undercover officers dressed as protesters helped police make mass arrests in the Causeway Bay area. "About 20 to 30 masked men wearing black clothes and holding sticks charged towards us from different directions," a protester tells RTHK. "We thought they were triads and started fighting with them. Suddenly, 60 to 70 riot police officers rushed towards us, pushed many people to the ground and arrested them, but I escaped." In another incident, a young woman reportedly lost an eye after being hit with a beanbag round at close range. The protest movement's demands include the resignation of the Chinese territory's leader, democratic elections, the release of those arrested in earlier protests, and an investigation into police use of force against the protesters.

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