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As it happened: how Hong Kong protesters scattered across Mong Kok in a cat-and-mouse game with police

  • Demonstrators splinter off after Hung Hom march, engaging in stand-off with police before breaking up again into small groups
  • Three approved rallies took place on Saturday as the city gears up for its 11th weekend of protests. 
Topic |   Hong Kong protests
Photo: Sam Tsang
INTRODUCTION

The first day of an 11th weekend of protests in Hong Kong ended in a brief stand-off with police in Mong Kok as demonstrators scattered across the busy shopping hub, blocking roads in flash-mob style disruptions and fleeing before riot officers could catch up. 

The cat-and-mouse game followed an approved march in Hung Hom earlier on Saturday, while across the harbour, a pro-government rally drew thousands. A protest march by teachers in the morning ended without incident. 

Police had earlier banned the Hung Hom march but gave last-minute approval following a change of route, from Hoi Sham Park in To Kwa Wan to Whampoa MTR station.

These were the three approved demonstrations for Hong Kong on Saturday, the latest in more than two months of civil unrest sparked by the now-shelved extradition bill, which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to jurisdictions with which the city has no such agreement, including mainland China. 

Our blog below captured the day's events as they unfolded. Reporting by Kimmy Chung, Kanis Leung, Lee Jeong-ho, Alvin Lum, Simone McCarthy, Victor Ting and Karen Zhang.