Hong Kong clashes involving protesters, police and masked men turn violent

Hong Kong clashes involving protesters, police and masked men turn violent

On Sunday, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse activists after thousands had ringed Beijing's Liaison Office.

Protestors are also condemning Hong Kong police for firing rubber bullets and tear gas at them during the rallies in June.

It caught police off guard, as many officers were stationed near the government and police headquarters, while the liaison office was largely unguarded.

In an unusual move, the police cut short the route of the march proposed by the organizer, the Civil Human Rights Front, citing public security concerns, reported Efe news.

"The focus of the protests has been about the extradition bill, but we are also starting to see how the government and police have mishandled them", protester Kingston Cheung, 17, told Bloomberg.

The spokesperson said some radical demonstrators surrounded the liaison office on Sunday evening, threw black paintball to the national emblem on the gate of the office building, painted insulting words on the exterior wall, and attempted to break into the building.

"We can't say you have a problem because you are dressed in white and we have to arrest you".

Seven people were taken to hospital following the incident, local media reports.

A spokesperson for the HKSAR government said the liaison office is one of the offices set up by the central people's government in the HKSAR and has constitutional functions.

Hong Kong entrepreneur Jimmy Lai warns the controversial extradition bill would be detrimental to the region's western values.

Millions of people have been drawn to protests in recent weeks against the bill, which could arguably undermine the judicial independence of the former British colony, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997. It has its own judiciary, and a legal system that is independent from mainland China.

Protesters take part in a march on a street in Hong Kong on Sunday.

An overnight attack by white-clad assailants apparently targeting pro-democracy protesters raised tensions to new levels in Hong Kong as China harshly criticized the weekend demonstration, saying "central authority can not be challenged".

In the afternoon a huge crowd marched through the streets calling on the city's pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam to heed their demands.

Previous marches have also largely been peaceful, but have sparked violence on the fringes.

Senior district police commander Yau Nai-keung told reporters that police were unable to respond until reinforcements arrived, given that more than 100 people were involved in the attacks.

Is the explosives find linked?

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". Three men are under arrest. They said they wouldn't rule out the possibility of setting up a temporary Legislative Council.

Police in Hong Kong have seized what is thought to be the largest ever cache of high-powered explosives uncovered in the city, in a raid Friday night on a suspected bomb-making factory.

What was the counter-protest about?

Organised crime gangs are known to operate in Hong Kong's outer areas and now fears have arisen that the groups are beginning to insert themselves into the Hong Kong extradition protests.

"I'm not involved in it very much but I think President Xi of China has acted responsibly, very responsibly", said Trump, who a year ago began a trade war with China that has led to tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars in mutual trade, a dispute still unsettled.

"My spirit is still with Hong Kong people".

Later, anti-government protesters leaving the march filmed a series of attacks on them by what appeared to be pro-Beijing gangs inside a subway station in the city's Yuen Long district.

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