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Hong Kong police use tear gas to counter protesters throwing petrol bombs, bricks

Hong Kong police used tear gas to break up anti-government protests on Saturday after some activists threw petrol bombs and bricks.Police used tear gas after some protesters threw Molotov cocktails and bricks, and others tore up "smart" lamp posts equipped with surveillance cameras. Others had set up roadblocks with bamboo scaffolding.It was the first use of tear gas in 10 days after a series of mostly peaceful demonstrations in the former British colony.There were no immediate reports of injuries. Watch: Hong Kong protesters warn CBC's Chris Brown of tear gas CBC's team on the ground is in the thick of it during another weekend of protests in Hong Kong. 1:48The police tweeted at 10 p.m. local time that they would conduct a "dispersal operation," warning nearby residents to keep their windows shut and to stay inside. "Give me democracy or give me death," was spray-painted on a wall, an illustration of how the demands of the protesters have expanded from the withdrawal of a bill that would have allowed extraditions to China.The government said in a statement the protesters "posed a serious threat to the safety of everyone" at the scene."After repeated warnings to the protesters went futile, police officers have deployed tear gas and minimum force to disperse protesters," it said.Tear gas floats in the air as demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on Saturday. (Tyrone Siu/Reuters)The airport and the roads and railways leading to it were operating normally despite plans by protesters to implement a "stress test" of transport links after weeks of unrest.The airport was forced to close for part of last week after protesters thronged the main terminal for several days, grounding around 1,000 flights and occasionally clashing with police.No sign of let-upThe wider calls for democracy have plunged the city into an unprecedented crisis, posing a direct challenge for Communist Party leaders in Beijing.A demonstrator throws ...Read more

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