Hong Kong demonstrators defy ban on march clash with police; Tear gas, water cannons and bean-bag rounds fired against petrol bomb crowds

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Hong Kong for a 13th consecutive weekend and clashed with police who fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse them.

Demonstrators who dressed in black gathered on Saturday at a sports stadium in Hong Kong’s city centre. Many carried crosses calling it a Christian rally, before marching towards the police headquarters in central Wan Chai.

Demonstrators wore hard hats, gas masks and protective gear  lit barricades on fire outside the government headquarters and attempted to storm in before police intervened.

Riot police fired blue liquid from a water cannon and bean-bag rounds after demonstrators hurled petrol bombs into the legislative council compound.

This march comes at a time after the police crackdown on Friday resulting in arrest of several prominent faces of the movement before the mega march on Saturday.

The protests began in June after a proposed bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The draft law has since been shelved but the protesters continued with demonstrators issuing five main demands, including the right to elect officials and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam.

Source : Various