Hong Kong Police Unleash Tear Gas on Protesters
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters clashed with police, who fired tear gas and charged the crowd with batons.
Hong Kong police dispersed tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters Sunday with tear gas and batons following a tense standoff in which demonstrators from the Occupy Central movement blocked a key road in the government district, defying warnings against illegal protests.
This weekend's clashes between police and demonstrators cap off a week of student protests against China's decision to allow only Beijing-vetted candidates to stand in the city's elections for chief executive — a move demonstrators say is indicative of a wider problem of China imposing its political will on Hong Kong.
And while the tear gas had temporarily dispersed the crowd, they later returned Sunday evening and are said to be rapidly growing in number, according to local media reports and social media postings.
The view over Admiralty #OccupyCentral pic.twitter.com/N9o3bkQcPC— Ned Levin (@nedlevin) September 28, 2014