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Hong Kong police arrest 29 after night clashes, more protests are planned



HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong police announced Sunday that it arrested 29 people after clashes overnight, during which tear-gas attacks were fired to disperse the anti-government demonstrators.

Police and riot police take a break during a march to clear protesters and residents of Wong Tai Sin in Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2019. Photo taken on August 24, 2019. REUTERS / Ann Wang

The railway of the city The operator, MTR Corp. ( 0066.HK ), announced that he had some services in the west of the territory due to public activities in of the region.

Activists threw gasoline bombs and bricks on Saturday at the gritty industrial area of ​​Kwun Tong, a densely populated area of ​​Chinese territory in the east of the Kowloon Peninsula. Due to the protests four underground stations of the MTR were closed.

Police used tear gas after some demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and bricks and tore up other "smart" lampposts with surveillance cameras. Other demonstrators had built roadblocks with bamboo scaffolding.

It was the first use of tear gas for more than a week after a series of mostly peaceful demonstrations in the former British colony.

The protests, which started as a result of a repealed extradition law and developed into demands for more democracy, have shaken Hong Kong for three months and plunged the city into its biggest political crisis since its transfer from British to Chinese rule in 1997 [19659004] The wider demands for democracy pose a direct challenge to the leaders of the Communist Party in Beijing, who are determined to suppress the protests before the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1st.

Traffic Despite demonstrators' plans for a one-day "stress test" of traffic at the International Aviation and Financial Center, transportation to the city's international airport on Sunday seemed normal.

The protest movement still appears to have broad support and thousands, including families, lawyers, accountants and young and old people, take to the streets in anti-government rallies.

The demonstrators' demands include an independent investigation into what they call police brutality, a complete withdrawal of the extradition law, and universal suffrage.

They are fighting the erosion of the One Country, Two Systems agreement that has given Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy since its transfer to China.

The police said in a statement on Sunday that they strongly condemned protesters who "broke public peace" and that 19 men and 10 women had been arrested. Since the demonstrations began in June, more than 700 people have been arrested.

Among the detainees was also the organizer of the march on Saturday, Ventus Lau, reported the public broadcaster RTHK.

Another protest is scheduled for Sunday in the Tsuen Wan Workers' District, while protesters are also planning a strike across the city and class boycott at universities in the coming weeks. On Saturday, China liberated British consular employee Simon Cheng, whose incarceration had aggravated tensions.

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