Hong Kong descends into chaos amid tensions with Beijing
Protests have once again turned violent in Hong Kong as police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at anti-government demonstrators on Sunday night.
Riot police and masked protesters clashed in the finance hub hours after China’s Central Government Offices were defaced with graffiti and eggs in a clear reproof of Beijing’s rule.
Masked pro-government supporters armed with sticks also took to the streets, attacking protesters at a train station as well as reporters who live-streamed the assaults.
Hong Kong has seen weeks of demonstrations and sporadic violence between police and pockets of hardcore protesters sparked by a now-suspended bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China.
But fears of Beijing’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s independence has broadened the movement, with protesters now calling for democratic reforms, universal suffrage and a halt to sliding freedoms in the semi-autonomous territory.
Sunday’s events have become all-too-familiar: an enormous peaceful turnout followed by a night of clashes with more hardcore groups.
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