Hong Kong protests are becoming violent again while the police are suing a huge crowd of demonstrators

Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have taken a violent turn when a stalemate in a working-class neighborhood fell into chaos.

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The riot police in Hong Kong fired tear gas and protesters laden with clubs who took revenge with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo sticks on Saturday, breaking an uneasy peace that had lasted for several days.

Front line demonstrators – known as & # 39; braves & # 39; – pulled a barricade of traffic barriers and bamboo construction posts together. While the afternoon wore fired catapult stones, this led to a police charge, waving clubs, and pepper spray.

The demonstrators called for the removal of & # 39; smart lamp posts & # 39; which raised the fear of increased surveillance in the semi-autonomous region. One such & # 39; n lamp post was cut down by demonstrators in Kowloon with an electric saw.

Police and demonstrators collide during a protest in Hong Kong. Riot police from Hong Kong fired tear gas and club-charged demonstrators who took revenge with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo sticks on Saturday

Police and demonstrators collide during a protest in Hong Kong. Riot police from Hong Kong fired tear gas and club-charged demonstrators who took revenge with a barrage of stones, bottles and bamboo sticks on Saturday

Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

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Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

The riot police fired tear gas during an anti-government protest march in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Members of the media are in the background

The riot police fired tear gas during an anti-government protest march in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Members of the media are in the background

The riot police fired tear gas during an anti-government protest march in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong. Members of the media are in the background

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24 when a stalemate fell in violence and an uneasy peace broke that had lasted for several days

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24 when a stalemate fell in violence and an uneasy peace broke that had lasted for several days

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24 when a stalemate fell in violence and an uneasy peace broke that had lasted for several days

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24 when a stalemate fell in violence and an uneasy peace broke that had lasted for several days

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24 when a stalemate fell in violence and an uneasy peace broke that had lasted for several days

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24 when a stalemate fell in violence and an uneasy peace broke that had lasted for several days

Riot police are pushing a demonstration rendition protester during a march to demand democracy and political reform in the Bay of Kowloon on August 24
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Riot police are pushing a demonstration rendition protester during a march to demand democracy and political reform in the Bay of Kowloon on August 24

Riot police are pushing a demonstration rendition protester during a march to demand democracy and political reform in the Bay of Kowloon on August 24

A demonstrator is assisted after police fire tear gas during collisions following a rally in Kwun Tong on August 24

A demonstrator is assisted after police fire tear gas during collisions following a rally in Kwun Tong on August 24

A demonstrator is assisted after police fire tear gas during collisions following a rally in Kwun Tong on August 24

Tears flooded the road as protesters withdrew and left a trail of broken bottles and at least one small fire.

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Several of the demonstrators dressed in black were detained while officers continued.

The Hong Kong police force has become the target of the demonstrators' fire because of their experienced harsh response to the months of demonstrations.

Antipathy has risen to the police, who have used billets, rubber bullets and tear gas against hardcore demonstrators, but are also accused of beating peaceful demonstrators.

A demonstrator throws a rock when they collide with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator throws a rock when they collide with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator throws a rock when they collide with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24
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Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

Tear gas floats in the air while protesters collide with riot police during a protest at Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong, August 24

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong while a stalemate fell in violence. The tension rippled over the march of Saturday, where a number of prominent radical demonstrators known as & # 39; brave & # 39; had gathered

Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong while a stalemate fell in violence. The tension rippled over the march of Saturday, where a number of prominent radical demonstrators known as & # 39; brave & # 39; had gathered

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Riot police are holding a demonstrator in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong while a stalemate fell in violence. The tension rippled over the march of Saturday, where a number of prominent radical demonstrators known as & # 39; brave & # 39; had gathered

Police and demonstrators clash during protest on Saturday. The demonstrators called for the removal of & # 39; smart lamp posts & # 39; that evoked the fear of more supervision

Police and demonstrators clash during protest on Saturday. The demonstrators called for the removal of & # 39; smart lamp posts & # 39; that evoked the fear of more supervision

Police and demonstrators clash during protest on Saturday. The demonstrators called for the removal of & # 39; smart lamp posts & # 39; that evoked the fear of more supervision

Protesters use umbrellas and bamboo sticks during a protest in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August

Protesters use umbrellas and bamboo sticks during a protest in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August

Protesters use umbrellas and bamboo sticks during a protest in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August

The city seemed to have withdrawn from a dive in violence, with the last serious clashes that took place a week and a half ago, just after the city's airport was paralyzed by protesters.

But the tension rippled over Saturday's march, where a number of front line radical protesters known as & # 39; brave & # 39; had collected.

& # 39; I understand that being peaceful will not solve the problem, & # 39; 19-year-old student protester Ryan told AFP, who gave one name.

& # 39; The government will not respond to peaceful protest. If I am arrested, it is because I come out to speak for justice. & # 39;

The police chased hundreds of demonstrators, kept a line under a bridge, but threatened with a new charge.

Riot police clash with protesters during a protest in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August
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Riot police clash with protesters during a protest in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters during a protest in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August

Protesters, many with umbrellas, fill the streets during a rally in Hong Kong on August 24. The protests began in contrast to a bill that would allow extradition to China.

Protesters, many with umbrellas, fill the streets during a rally in Hong Kong on August 24. The protests began in contrast to a bill that would allow extradition to China.

Protesters, many with umbrellas, fill the streets during a rally in Hong Kong on August 24. The protests began in contrast to a bill that would allow extradition to China.

A police officer clashes with protesters in Kowloon Bay while a stalemate descended into violence on Saturday 24 August

A police officer clashes with protesters in Kowloon Bay while a stalemate descended into violence on Saturday 24 August

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A police officer clashes with protesters in Kowloon Bay while a stalemate descended into violence on Saturday 24 August

Protesters participate in an anti-government march in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong on August 24. Hong Kong has been flooded with protests since the beginning of June

Protesters participate in an anti-government march in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong on August 24. Hong Kong has been flooded with protests since the beginning of June

Protesters participate in an anti-government march in Kwun Tong, Hong Kong on August 24. Hong Kong has been flooded with protests since the beginning of June

Police clash with demonstrators during a demonstration in Hong Kong on August 24

Police clash with demonstrators during a demonstration in Hong Kong on August 24

Police clash with demonstrators during a demonstration in Hong Kong on August 24

The police are holding a demonstrator during a demonstration that took a violent turn on Saturday 24 August
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The police are holding a demonstrator during a demonstration that took a violent turn on Saturday 24 August

The police are holding a demonstrator during a demonstration that took a violent turn on Saturday 24 August

& # 39; I have never seen Hong Kong in such a situation & # 39 ;, 65-year-old Dee Cheung told AFP before explaining why he participated in the protests.

& # 39; The young people who come out have put their future at risk … they do this for Hong Kong.

& # 39; There are things we disagree with, such as the & # 39; brave & # 39; who tend to attack. But let's think why they do that? & # 39;

Protesters fall back as they collide with the police during a protest in Kowloon Bay in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong on August 24, when a stalemate fell in violence

Protesters fall back as they collide with the police during a protest in Kowloon Bay in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong on August 24, when a stalemate fell in violence

Protesters fall back as they collide with the police during a protest in Kowloon Bay in the Kwun Tong district of Hong Kong on August 24, when a stalemate fell in violence

During a march a teenage extradition protester is seen who demands democracy and political reform in Hong Kong

During a march a teenage extradition protester is seen who demands democracy and political reform in Hong Kong

During a march a teenage extradition protester is seen who demands democracy and political reform in Hong Kong

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

Protesters attend a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, while a stalemate with riot police descends into violence

The demonstrators called for the removal of & # 39; smart lamp posts & # 39; that evoked the fear of more supervision.

Activists fear that the lampposts in Kowloon can contain cameras and face recognition software.

One such & # 39; n lamp post was cut down by protesters in Kowloon with an electric saw, while others pulled ropes around it. They cheered when it collapsed.

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

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Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

Riot police clash with protesters while a stalemate fell in violence on Saturday 24 August

A demonstrator discards a tear gas canister during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator discards a tear gas canister during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator discards a tear gas canister during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

Wearing umbrellas in the sweltering heat, protesters filled a main road in Kwun Tong district and sang slogans calling on the government to meet the demands of the movement.

March organizer Ventus Lau said: & # 39; The private information of Hong Kong people is already being delivered to China. We must be very concerned. & # 39;

Some demonstrators put improvised barricades on a road outside a police station, facing police in riot equipment.

MTR, Hong Kong's government-run subway system operator, stopped stations and stopped the train service near the protest route, following attacks by Chinese state media accused of assisting demonstrators in earlier protests.

A flag of China is displayed on a gate of the headquarters of Hong Kong Broadcasting House Radio Television during a pro-China demonstration on August 24

A flag of China is displayed on a gate of the headquarters of Hong Kong Broadcasting House Radio Television during a pro-China demonstration on August 24

A flag of China is displayed on a gate of the headquarters of Hong Kong Broadcasting House Radio Television during a pro-China demonstration on August 24

A demonstrator carries stones while clashing with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator carries stones while clashing with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator carries stones while clashing with riot police during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator breaks bricks to throw them at riot police while clashing during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator breaks bricks to throw them at riot police while clashing during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

A demonstrator breaks bricks to throw them at riot police while clashing during a protest in Hong Kong on August 24

The violence comes one day after the head of the union at Hong Kong airline Cathay Dragon claimed that she was fired in retaliation for supporting the pro-democracy movement.

The incident has the chill on semi-autonomous Chinese territory and the spread of & # 39; white terror & # 39; in the region.

Rebecca Sy, cabin crew, told a press conference that the Hong Kong airline fired her for no reason on Friday, but that the firing came after she was taken out of a flight and was asked by an airline representative to confirm that Facebook screenshots were from her account.

& # 39; It's not just about quitting the job, it's the whole issue, it's frightening. All my colleagues & # 39; s are all terrified, & she said.

& # 39; I feel so sorry for them because I am no longer in that position to protect them. & # 39;

Rebecca Sy from the cabin crew (photo) told a press conference that the Hong Kong airline fired her for no reason on Friday, but that the firing came after she was taken out of a flight and was asked by a representative of the airline to confirm that Facebook screenshots were from her account

Rebecca Sy from the cabin crew (photo) told a press conference that the Hong Kong airline fired her for no reason on Friday, but that the firing came after she was taken out of a flight and was asked by a representative of the airline to confirm that Facebook screenshots were from her account

Rebecca Sy from the cabin crew (photo) told a press conference that the Hong Kong airline fired her for no reason on Friday, but that the firing came after she was taken out of a flight and was asked by a representative of the airline to confirm that Facebook screenshots were from her account

Riot police gather on a street in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August. Pilots and cabin crew at the Hong Kong flagship have the term & # 39; white terror & # 39; used to describe what they see as recent pressure on companies to dismiss those who support the pro-democracy movement

Riot police gather on a street in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August. Pilots and cabin crew at the Hong Kong flagship have the term & # 39; white terror & # 39; used to describe what they see as recent pressure on companies to dismiss those who support the pro-democracy movement

Riot police gather on a street in Hong Kong on Saturday 24 August. Pilots and cabin crew at the Hong Kong flagship have the term & # 39; white terror & # 39; used to describe what they see as recent pressure on companies to dismiss those who support the pro-democracy movement

Police are arguing with protesters through a closed gate at Kwun Tong MTR station in Hong Kong on Saturday, August 24

Police are arguing with protesters through a closed gate at Kwun Tong MTR station in Hong Kong on Saturday, August 24

Police are arguing with protesters through a closed gate at Kwun Tong MTR station in Hong Kong on Saturday, August 24

Cathay Dragon is owned by Hong Kong's major airline, Cathay Pacific, which has come under pressure from the Chinese authorities to hire people who support the protests.

The company said in a statement that Sy's departure has nothing to do with its union activities.

& # 39; Although we cannot comment on individual cases, when deciding to terminate an employee, we take into account all relevant circumstances, including applicable legal requirements and the ability of the employee to perform his / her job enter, & # 39; said the company.

The Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions called her a & # 39; blatant suppression and retaliation for her participation in the anti-extradition law and her actions to mobilize her & # 39; s to participate as a union leader. & # 39;

Sy's departure follows last week's resignation of Chief Executive Rupert Hogg, the main corporate victim of the unrest.

Pilots and cabin crew at the Hong Kong flagship have the term & # 39; white terror & # 39; used to describe what they see as recent pressure on companies to dismiss those who support the movement.

The term is used to describe a climate of fear when people become afraid to express their political opinion.

A protester arugues with police officers in the Kowloon Bay of Hong Kong on August 24. Cathay Dragon is owned by Hong Kong's main airline, Cathay Pacific, which has come under pressure from the Chinese authorities to hire people who support the protests

A protester arugues with police officers in the Kowloon Bay of Hong Kong on August 24. Cathay Dragon is owned by Hong Kong's main airline, Cathay Pacific, which has come under pressure from the Chinese authorities to hire people who support the protests

A protester arugues with police officers in the Kowloon Bay of Hong Kong on August 24. Cathay Dragon is owned by Hong Kong's main airline, Cathay Pacific, which has come under pressure from the Chinese authorities to hire people who support the protests

Protesters march from Kwun Tong to Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since turned into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city

Protesters march from Kwun Tong to Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since turned into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city

Protesters march from Kwun Tong to Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since turned into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city

Protesters march from Kwun Tong to Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since turned into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city

Protesters march from Kwun Tong to Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since turned into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city

Protesters march from Kwun Tong to Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong on August 24, in the latest opposition to a planned extradition law that has since turned into a wider call for democratic rights in the semi-autonomous city

It comes as an employee at the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in mainland China has been released.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commonwealth confirmed the release Saturday in a statement to the PA news agency.

She said: & We welcome Simon Cheng's release and are pleased that he can be reunited with his family.

& # 39; We will continue to support them.

& # 39; Simon and his family have asked for privacy and we would appreciate it if this was respected. & # 39;

Shenzhen public security authorities said that Cheng was released as planned after 15 days of administrative detention.

The Luohu public security office in Shenzhen, the mainland city of Hong Kong, made the announcement on its Weibo microblog account.

Mr. Cheng was detained for violating Chinese law on the mainland and & # 39; confessed to his illegal acts & # 39 ;, said the statement, without providing further details.

& # 39; Simon has been released. Simon is safe, & # 39; Max Chung, a supporter of Mr. Cheng, told the Associated Press.

& # 39; We just managed to talk to him by phone, & # 39; he said, adding that Mr. Cheng would answer further questions, but he did not say when.

On Saturday, August 24, protesters kick a closed gate at Kwun Tong MTR station in Hong Kong

On Saturday, August 24, protesters kick a closed gate at Kwun Tong MTR station in Hong Kong

On Saturday, August 24, protesters kick a closed gate at Kwun Tong MTR station in Hong Kong

On Saturday, August 24, the police look through a closed gate at the Kwun Tong MTR police station in Hong Kong

On Saturday, August 24, the police look through a closed gate at the Kwun Tong MTR police station in Hong Kong

On Saturday, August 24, the police look through a closed gate at the Kwun Tong MTR police station in Hong Kong

Protesters build barriers while blocking a road on August 24, 2019 in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong

Protesters build barriers while blocking a road on August 24, 2019 in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong

Protesters build barriers while blocking a road on August 24, 2019 in Kowloon Bay in Hong Kong

China said earlier this week that Cheng had been placed in administrative detention for 15 days for violating public order. The Global Times, a tabloid newspaper from the Communist Party, reported that Chen had been detained for applying for prostitutes.

China often uses allegations of public order against political goals and has sometimes used the allegation of prostitution.

Ou Shaokun, an anti-corruption activist, claimed in 2015 that he was framed by authorities in South Hunan province who said they had found him in a hotel room with a prostitute.

The Canadian government has updated its travel advice for China to warn of more intensive border controls on smartphones, following reports that Chinese immigration officials were looking for protest-related photos.

Supporters of the pro-democracy movement of Hong Kong stood along the streets and part of the city's harbor front on Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic states protest against Soviet control 30 years ago.

Some raised paired hands while others turned on their smartphone lights and held the devices up to create a row of white lights against the night skyline. The organizers hoped that the chains, which followed three metro lines, would be 40 kilometers (25 miles) in total.

It was the last protest in an almost 11-week-old movement that began calling for the scrapping of an extradition law now suspended and has been extended with demands for full democracy and an independent investigation into alleged police violence during protests.

Supporters of the pro-democracy movement of Hong Kong stood along the streets and part of the port front of the city on Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic country protest against Soviet control 30 years ago

Supporters of the pro-democracy movement of Hong Kong stood along the streets and part of the port front of the city on Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic country protest against Soviet control 30 years ago

Supporters of the pro-democracy movement of Hong Kong stood along the streets and part of the port front of the city on Friday, inspired by a human chain in a historic Baltic country protest against Soviet control 30 years ago

Protesters join hands on Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront with the iconic city skyline as a backdrop on Friday, August 23

Protesters join hands on Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront with the iconic city skyline as a backdrop on Friday, August 23

Protesters join hands on Hong Kong's Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront with the iconic city skyline as a backdrop on Friday, August 23

Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations in Hong Kong against a now suspended extradition law since June 6

Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations in Hong Kong against a now suspended extradition law since June 6

Pro-democracy protesters have continued demonstrations in Hong Kong against a now suspended extradition law since June 6

& # 39; It made me angry, the way the government, the (city) president and then the police, how they perform their work, & # 39; said Michael Ng, who works in the financial sector and joins the chain outside of a luxury shopping mall. & # 39; Very cheeky, I would say. We are talking about human rights here. & # 39;

Police say that their use of tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags has been around to clear streets of protesters who have pelted them with eggs, bricks and gas bombs.

In a protest called & # 39; The Baltic Way & # 39 ;, nearly 2 million Latvians, Lithuanians, and Estonians formed a human chain of more than 600 kilometers on August 23, 1989.

Organizers of & # 39; The Hong Kong Way & # 39; they said it was a sign of solidarity against extradition law and police violence, as well as a plea for international support.

Earlier Friday, accountants marched in support of the pro-democracy movement, while the Canadian consulate forbade its personnel to leave the city for official affairs after British consulate officer Cheng was detained in mainland China.

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