HK police arrest 36, youngest aged 12, after violent protests

August 26, 2019 10:04
Fire is seen after anti-government protesters throw molotov cocktails during a clash with riot police in Tsuen Wan on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Hong Kong police said on Monday that they arrested 36 people, the youngest aged 12, after violent anti-government demonstrations over the weekend, Reuters reports.

Police fired water cannon and volleys of tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing protesters on Sunday, the second day of violent clashes in the city.

Six officers drew their pistols and one officer fired a warning shot into the air, police said.

“The escalating illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, they also push Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation,” the government said in a statement.

Protesters once again adopted cat-and-mouse tactics late in the evening, moving swiftly to locations across the city, where they set up barricades to block some roads, following a largely peaceful rally earlier in the day, Reuters reported.

Sunday’s protests saw some of the fiercest clashes yet between police and demonstrators since violence escalated in mid-June over a now-suspended extradition bill.

Protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas.

The clashes on Saturday and Sunday marked a return to unrest after days of calmer protests, the report noted.

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