Violent clashes between pro-democratic supporters of Hong Kong and riot police continued today as part of a coordinated day of worldwide protests aimed at casting a shadow over the coming 70th anniversary of Communist China.
Thousands of protesters regrouped after police fired tear gas at them on Sunday and marched on a main road in central Hong Kong in a second consecutive day of resistance, raising fear of more violence for China's national holiday.
Demonstrators, many dressed in black with umbrellas and prodemocratic posters, sang songs and sang & stand # 39; Stand with Hong Kong, fight for freedom & # 39; while they took a stretch of road over a length of more than 1 kilometer (1.6 miles) and were on their way to the government office complex.
Many fled earlier after riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas to disperse a large crowd gathering in the Causeway Bay shopping area and throwing objects in their direction. But protesters returned to start their march, some with American, British and other foreign flags.
Some of them defeated, destroyed and burned signals that congratulated the Chinese Communist Party, which will be in power on Tuesday for its 70th year. Others sprayed graffiti along walls and destroyed windows at an exit of the metro. A police helicopter hovered above.
Many marchers held so-called & # 39; Chinazi flags & # 39; fixed, a version of the Chinese flag where the yellow stars are arranged in the shape of a swastika.
Supporters of pro-democracy in Hong Kong raise international flags, including for the United Nations, the UK and the US, while walking through an important traffic artery in the center of Hong Kong
Earlier today, hundreds of pro-Chinese supporters gathered in Victoria Harbor to sing the national anthem, looking forward to marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the country
Riot police pin down and arrest an older demonstrator in a Causeway Bay shopping area, while the city enters a second day of collisions for the National Day of China later this week
A pro-democracy Hong Kong demonstrator tears his shirt while being held in a police formation. Protesters also plan to march on Tuesday, the national holiday of the country, despite a police ban
Thousands of protesters regrouped after police fired tear gas at them on Sunday and marched along a passage in downtown Hong Kong
Many fled earlier after riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas to disperse a large crowd gathering in the Causeway Bay shopping area and throwing objects in their direction. But protesters returned to start their march, some with American, British and other foreign flags
Sunday's meeting, a continuation of months of protests for more democracy in semi-autonomous Chinese territory, is part of global & # 39; anti-totalitarianism & # 39; meetings scheduled in more than 60 cities around the world to & # 39; To denounce Chinese tyranny.
More than a thousand people gathered in Sydney to support democracy protests in Hong Kong and shouted & # 39; Fight for freedom & # 39; and & # 39; Stand with Hong Kong & # 39 ;.
Marches were also held in Australia and Taiwan, which is still fighting for international recognition, with more planned in Europe and North America later in the day.
On Saturday, police also fired tear gas and water cannons after protesters threw bricks and fire bombs at government buildings after a massive rally in downtown Hong Kong. The clashes were part of a familiar cycle since the protests started in June about a now suspended extradition law and have since been snowed in an anti-China movement.
Protesters also plan to march on Tuesday despite a police ban, which arouses fear of more ugly scenes that may embarrass Chinese President Xi Jinping as his ruling Communist party marks the 70th birthday.
Many said they will wear mourning black in a direct challenge to the Communist Party's authority, with posters calling for October 1 to be marked as & # 39; A Day of Grief & # 39 ;.
The Hong Kong government has already reduced national celebrations in the city, canceled an annual fireworks drop and moved a reception inside.
Despite security concerns, the government said on Sunday that Chief Executive Carrie Lam will lead a delegation of more than 240 people to Beijing on Monday to participate in the festivities. She is represented in her absence by Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung and returns to the city on Tuesday evening.
Pro-democracy supporter extinguish the face of a tear gas with water and is in the way. The protesters have gathered again after a previous attempt to separate them by the police
A gas mask-covered demonstrator holds a stick in the middle of a closed road while the clashes between riot police and pro-democracy protesters continue. The city has begun its fourth month of massive protests, initially fueled by a now suspended extradition law to mainland China
Anti-government protesters are holding dozens of international flags between crossed-out flags of the Republic of China while occupying a road during an unauthorized global anti-totalitarian march
Lam held her first community dialogue with the public on Thursday in an effort to spread tensions, but failed to convince protesters, who promised to continue until their demands, including direct elections to the city leader and the responsibility of the police were satisfied.
Earlier Sunday, hundreds of pro-Beijing supporters sang the national anthem and happy birthday to China in a counter-program of solidarity with Chinese rule. They wore red and wore Chinese flags and posters and sang & # 39; I am a citizen of China & # 39; in a cultural center on the water. They were later brought to the Victoria Peak hilltop for the same repertoire.
Organizer Innes Tang said the crowd, all Hong Kong residents, responded to his invitation on social media to promote & # 39; positivity and patriotism & # 39; and encouraged protesters to replace violence with dialogue.
& # 39; We want to take this time for the people to express our love for our country China. We want to show the international community that, apart from the protests, there is another voice for Hong Kong, he said.
On Sunday, Hong Kong's former leader, Tung Chee-hwa, was recognized in Beijing for his commitment to implementing policy & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39;
Tung, the first leader after Hong Kong's return to China, was among 42 people, including a Nobel Prize winner and former French Prime Minister, who received national medals and awards from Xi for their contributions to the country
Mobs from pro-Beijing supporters have appeared in shopping malls and on the streets in recent weeks to combat pro-democracy protesters, leading to fights between rival camps.
Many people consider extradition law, which allegedly sent criminal suspects to mainland China for trial, to be a striking example of the erosion of Hong Kong's autonomy under policy & # 39; one country, two systems & # 39; when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997.
China has denied Hong Kong's freedom and accused the US and other foreign powers of encouraging unrest to weaken their dominance.
On Sunday, Hong Kong's former leader, Tung Chee-hwa, was recognized in Beijing for his dedication to implementing "one country, two systems & # 39;" Tung, the first leader after Hong Kong's return to China, was one of the 42 people who received national medals and awards from Xi for their contributions to the country.
Other recipients were Chinese Nine Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine Tu Youyou, and former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin who received a friendship medal.
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