Hong Kong Police fire tear gas, pepper spray on protesters

Hong Kong sees fresh unrest as police fire tear gas during protest showdown in Kowloon.

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Police fired tear gas and pepper spray in Hong Kong today as tens of thousands of black-clad protesters flooded into the streets a week after pro-democracy candidates scored a landslide local election victory. Hong Kong police fire tear gas in Whampoa, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok, disrupting protest calm.

The rally heralded an end to a rare lull and a return to the large-scale demonstrations that Hong Kongers have staged for nearly six months, fueled by growing fears that China is stamping out the city’s liberties.

It also marked a resumption of the increasingly violent confrontations between protesters and police, with officers firing pepper spray and volleys of tear gas at crowds that included children.

Hong Kong’s Beijing-backed chief Carrie Lam has offered no additional concessions in the wake of the elections, and protesters said they felt compelled to return to the streets.

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