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As it happened: Tear gas fired, chaos in multiple locations as Hong Kong protesters play cat-and-mouse game with police

  • Further clashes follow mayhem on the streets of Kowloon the night before, as political crisis over now-shelved extradition bill grips city 
  • Groups splinter off into other districts and target police stations
Topic |   Hong Kong protests
Photo: Winson Wong
INTRODUCTION

Hong Kong police fired several rounds of tear gas in the Causeway Bay shopping hub on Sunday night as protesters occupied streets, blocked the Cross-Harbour Tunnel and vandalised the Golden Bauhinia statue in Wan Chai. Late into the night, their method to mayhem wore on as they splintered into different districts such as Lam Tin, Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin and Tseung Kwan O, targeting police stations. 

Earlier, thousands of Hong Kong protesters blocked roads, first in Kennedy Town and then in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong Island. This followed from stand-offs in Sheung Wan as police also used tear gas on a crowd advancing towards Beijing's liaison office. 

In the afternoon, tens of thousands took to the streets of Tseung Kwan O in an approved march. Hundreds then gathered outside the police station, throwing bricks and pelting the building with eggs, prompting a police warning before they dispersed themselves. 

The chaos comes a day after clashes in the shopping hubs of Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui, as well as in the working-class residential district of Wong Tai Sin, where tear gas was used by police. 

Protesters’ demands are largely the same as in previous recent rallies, including the full withdrawal of the bill and an inquiry into police actions over the handling of protests.

Follow our live blog below for updates. Reporting by Laurie Chen, Michelle Wong, Nectar Gan, Linda Lew, Elizabeth Cheung, Jeffie Lam, Sum Lok-kei and Phila Siu