12-year-old among 86 arrested during weekend protests in Hong Kong

12-year-old among 86 arrested during weekend protests in Hong Kong

12-year-old among 86 arrested during weekend protests in Hong Kong

Pro-democracy protesters hurled gasoline bombs, sticks and rods at police in riot gear in the latest confrontation, which erupted at the end of a protest march that saw thousands of umbrella-carrying protesters flood city streets in the rain - as they did in a peaceful march last week.

After firing tear gas to disperse the crowds, police drove water cannon vehicles into the streets, having earlier warned protesters they would deploy the jets if they did not leave. "They are not to be tolerated by any civil society", Mak said.

Protests in Hong Kong again turned violent following more than a week of peace and no tear gas being fired by police.

"Police appeal to members of the public to make a clean break with violent protestors", the statement added, vowing "relentless action" to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Similar violence rocked the Kowloon Bay neighborhood on Saturday, when a large group of protesters threw rocks and bottles at police, who responded with tear gas and by baton-charging the demonstrators. China is communist and the way of life in Hong Kong is capitalist as the island was under British rule for a long time.

In the risky situation, six police officers withdrew pistols and stayed on guard, and one of them fired a warning shot to the sky without any other choices, Hong Kong police said.

Early on Monday morning, the Hong Kong government said it "severely condemns" the protesters.

It was the first use of live ammunition since the latest wave of protests began around 12 weeks ago, the Hong Kong Free Press reported.

The water cannon vehicles each boast 15 high-pressure cannons that can fire more than 1,200 litres of water a minute over a distance of 50 metres.

"In a statement, the Hong Kong government said that the protesters "trampled" on the national flag, and the act "[challenged] the national authority and allegedly violates the National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance".

The pro-democracy movement has five demands including democratic elections and an independent inquiry into what it alleges is police violence in breaking up demonstrations.

A dramatic viral photo of a Hong Kong protester has sparked comparisons to the iconic "Tank Man" picture captured during the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing in 1989.

It has also sent a clear warning that forceful intervention is possible, with paramilitary forces holding drills in Shenzhen, just over the border from Hong Kong in mainland China.The protesters say they are fighting the erosion of the "one country, two systems" arrangement under which Hong Kong returned to China with the promise of freedoms, not enjoyed on the mainland, for 50 years.

Major Hong Kong businesses have come under pressure over staff support for the protests, most notably airline Cathay Pacific and the city metro -- the MTR -- which has been accused of ferrying demonstrators to rally sites.

Two days prior, the MTR, which is owned by the city government, applied to the Hong Kong High Court for a temporary injunction to partially suspend service, citing foreseeable disruptions due to protests.

The boy was receiving treatment in hospital for an 'illness, ' police said, without giving further details.

Twenty-nine people were arrested for various offenses. including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.

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