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As it happened: tear gas, arrests and fights as chaos reigns across Hong Kong

  • 82 arrested on Monday during clashes in Tin Shui Wai as citywide strike brings chaos and gridlock to Hong Kong
  • Protesters blockade Harcourt Road, Nathan Road and Lung Cheung Road while police fire tear gas in multiple locations 
Topic |   Hong Kong protests
Photo: Sam Tsang
INTRODUCTION
Following
a morning of transport disruption
, Hong Kong protesters launched a full-swing non-cooperation movement on Monday afternoon, evolving into clashes with multiple rounds of tear gas fired by police in different districts. At North Point in the evening, a group of men with poles attacked demonstrators, leading to a street brawl. 

Across the city, protesters blocked roads and the Cross-Harbour Tunnel, started fires at police stations and threw a Chinese flag into Victoria Harbour.  

They had planned to stage peaceful sit-ins in different districts - including Admiralty, Tsuen Wan and Sha Tin - and protest at government offices to call on civil servants to join their strike, but as with the pattern in recent weeks, tensions between radicals and police escalated, turning pedestrian and residential zones into battlefields.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor earlier made her first public appearance in two weeks dismissing protesters' demands and accusing the ongoing actions of challenging the principle of “one country, two systems”.

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