Hong Kong police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters marching against the city’s Communist Party rulers in Beijing ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on Tuesday.
According to a police statement, the protesters smashed windows of government offices and tried to break in, and also blocked a key road near the local headquarters of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
“A large group of violent protesters are occupying Harcourt Road. They also hurled bricks at police officers. Their acts pose a serious threat to the safety of everyone on site,” the statement read.
Protests were sparked in June by planned legislation – which has since withdrawn – that would have allowed the extradition of suspected criminals to mainland China. But they have since expanded into a broader pro-democracy movement.