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As it happened: bloody clashes and tear gas fired as Hong Kong protesters descend on Yuen Long

  • Most demonstrators leave as police fired tear gas and sponge grenades in dispersal operation that began around 5pm 
  • Violence intensifies as protesters use fire extinguishers and blood seen on station floor
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition bill
Protesters let off fire extinguishers inside Yuen Long MTR station. Photo: Sam Tsang
INTRODUCTION

Hong Kong has again been shaken by protests as tens of thousands of people arrived in Yuen Long, a town gripped by tension over the past week following earlier scenes of unprecedented violence at a railway station.

Protesters were continuing their calls for a full withdrawal of a now-suspended bill that would have allowed the extradition of fugitives to mainland China as well as responding to last Sunday’s attack when men – thought to include local villagers and triad members – armed with wooden sticks and metal rods ambushed protesters and passers-by, leaving at least 45 injured.

Police, who had taken the rare step of refusing permission for the march out of safety concerns, have fired tear gas and sponge grenades in a prolonged dispersal operation. Follow the events on our live blog below. Reporting by Sum Lok-kei, Alvin Lum, Kanis Leung, Phila Siu, Martin Choi, Danny Lee, Nectar Gan, Lee Jeongho, Christy Leung, Tony Cheung, Viola Zhou and Alan Wong.