Hong Kong police used tear gas and water cannons to spread the crowd to tens of thousands Demonstrators braved a ban and marched through the city.
Protesters lit fires, threw petrol bombs at the riot police and attacked the parliament building Canceled by organizers.
On Friday, several important activists and lawmakers were arrested for democracy.
The protest movement emerged from rallies against a controversial extradition law that has now been suspended and would have allowed the posting of offenders to the mainland Chinese mainland.
Since then, it has been a broader democracy-oriented movement in which the clashes have become more violent.
What happened on Saturday?
Protesters marched in Wan Chai district, many joined a Christian march, while others demonstrated in the Causeway Bay shopping district in the pouring rain. Many wore umbrellas and face masks.
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In the Admiralty district, some demonstrators threw fire bombs at officers. Previously, protesters marched near the official residence of embattled leader Carrie Lam, who is the main source of anger.
The police had built barriers at key buildings and roadblocks and fired teargas and water jets of blue color from the water cannon. The colored liquid is traditionally used to help police identify demonstrators.
Eric, a 22-year-old student, told Reuters, "To tell us not to protest is like telling us not to breathe, I think it's my duty for the Maybe we win, maybe we lose, but we fight. "
The recent demonstrations were considered leaderless.
On Friday, police appealed to the public to cut ties with "violent demonstrators" and warned people not to participate in the prohibited march.
Who was arrested?
At least three activists – including prominent 23-year-old activist Joshua Wong – and three lawmakers were arrested during a 24-hour police crackdown.
Mr. Wong, who first rose Recognition as a figurehead of a protest movement that swept Hong Kong in 2014, was released on bail after being charged with protests that had shaken the territory since June.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr. Wong said, "Organization of protests, rally in the street is the fundamental right of [the] Hong Kong … People will still gather on the [the] street and President Xi [Jinping] and Beijing [that] asking to hear the voice of the people. "
Hong Kong is part of China, but enjoys "special freedoms". These are expected to expire in 2047 and many in Hong Kong do not want to become "another Chinese city".
Beijing has repeatedly condemned the demonstrators and described their actions as "close to terrorism." The protests often escalated into violence between police and activists with injuries on both sides.
Activists increasingly fear that China could use military force to intervene. On Thursday, Beijing attracted a new group of troops to Hong Kong, a move that Chinese state media call a routine annual rotation.