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Hong Kong protesters clash with police in guerilla-style rallies Updated: 2019-08-12 09:02:14 KST


Braving hot and humid conditions, thousands of pro-democracy protesters hit the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with their so called guerilla-style rallies across the territory.
Just like on Saturday, groups of hundreds and even thousands of people gathered across the city, including in Tsim Sha Tsui and Wan Chai, then ran away.
Protesters chose such tactics to make it hard for the police to read their moves and patterns of behaviorand to minimize clashes with police as much as possible.
Some protesters also spray painted the Golden Bauhinia gifted by the Chinese government back in 1997 with words like Independence for Hong Kong.
Riot police fired teargas into a railway station to disperse crowds and used batons to beat protesters who were running away.
Police said they arrested 16 people, and at least seven people were injured.
Initially the movement was focused on the removal of a detested extradition bill.
But now that bill is basically dead in the water, the protesters are calling for democracy, including genuine, democratic elections.
On Sunday afternoon, more than a thousand people gathered in Victoria Park for the day's only anti-government rally that had been approved by police.
People waved flags that said 'Hong Kong Independence' both in Chinese and English and an American flag also appeared at the protest.
With more mass protests planned this coming weekend, it's likely there'll be more clashes between protesters and the police.
KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.
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