Business_news Striking photos show how this weekend’s Hong Kong protests escalated into violence with makeshift weapons, water cannons, and tear gas

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Demonstrators are surrounded by tear gas during a protest in Tsuen Wan, in Hong Kong, on August 25, 2019.

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  • Hong Kong protests became violent over the weekend, nearly three months after protests originally started.
  • In a march in Kwun Tong on Saturday over surveillance concerns, Hong Kong police used tear gas, breaking a 10-day peaceful streak.
  • On Sunday, Hong Kong police deployed water cannons for the first time in a march to Tsuen Wan.
  • While most protesters were peaceful, some groups wielded makeshift weapons and street barricades.
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Hong Kong pro-democracy protests have escalated into violence on their 12th weekend.

What was planned to be a peaceful march over surveillance concerns on Saturday turned into chaos. Hong Kong police used tear gas for the first time in 10 days, while protestors wielded makeshift weapons, reported business Insider’s Ellen Cranley.

On Sunday, another clash ensued in which police deployed water cannons for the first time and protestors threw petrol bombs and bricks.

These marches are the latest of several large-scale marches protestors have organized in the past three months, when the movement began to push off an extradition bill that has since been suspended. Protesters have since continued their efforts in an attempt to uphold democracy. Efforts have alternated between being peaceful and violent.

Below, see how this weekend’s most recent Hong Kong developments descended into violence.

Business_news The protests then grew into a fight over democracy in the semi-autonomous region, addressing free elections and independent investigations into alleged police brutality.


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A protester in Hong Kong International Airport holds a sign apologizing to travellers.

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Business_news In recent weeks, China has toughened its crackdown on those it deems supportive of the unrest. Experts say it’s part of China’s strategy to intimidate and spread disinformation in response to the pro-democracy protests, which show no sign of slowing.

A protester in rain coat wears a sign which reads “Protect Hong Kong” during a march in Hong Kong on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019.

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Business_news The protests were had a peaceful streak for the past two weeks, but they escalated into violence on their 12th consecutive weekend.

Protesters standoff with police during a clash at an anti-government rally in Tsuen Wan.

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Protesters march through Kwon Tung on August 24.

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Business_news The march occurred in Kwun Tong at 1 p.m. Around 2:30 p.m., a group of protesters constructed makeshift street barricades and weapons. Police reportedly formed a defense line and urged protestors to disperse.

Riot police charge toward protesters during a clearing at an anti-government rally in Kowloon Bay district.

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Business_news Protesters reportedly dismantled some poles with saws and ropes, shutting down streets and wielding slingshots, poles, iron bars, and bricks in a fight with police.

Protesters stand off against riot police during the anti-government rally in Kowloon Bay.

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Business_news Police fired pepper spray and tear gas, breaking a 10-day streak of no tear gas and adding to the 1,800 canisters police said they have fired in the clashes since the movement’s actions first emerged in June.

A demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister as they clash with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2019.

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Business_news Most protesters had dispersed by early evening, but clashes rose in other neighborhoods.

A protester is detained by riot police during an anti-government rally in Kowloon Bay district.

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Business_news The weekend’s violence continued on Sunday. Protesters began marching on a rainy day around 2:30 p.m. at Kwai Chung Sports Ground to Tsuen Wan Park, where more clashes began.

Protesters march on August 25, 2019, in Hong Kong.

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