A stand-off at a Hong Kong university campus has led to fiery clashes overnight, as hundreds of protesters tried to repel a police advance.
Large fires broke out at entrances to the Polytechnic University (PolyU), where protesters hurled petrol bombs and shot arrows from behind barricades.
Officers earlier warned they could use live ammunition if protesters did not stop attacking them using such weapons.
Months of anti-government protests have caused turmoil in the city.
The latest violence is some of the worst the semi-autonomous Chinese territory has seen since the movement began.
The police have become targets for radical demonstrators, who accuse them of excessive force.
Demonstrators have been occupying the PolyU for days. Fresh clashes erupted on Sunday, with tear gas and water cannon being met with petrol bombs, bricks and other improvised weapons.
A police media liaison officer was wounded in the leg with an arrow on Sunday.
Some of the worst violence in 22 weeks of protest erupted in Hong Kong Saturday, as police responded with tear gas to activists throwing Molotov cocktails and setting fire to street barricades and a subway station.
“Some masked rioters vandalized shops and committed arson. Some even placed nails on the roads threatening the safety of all road users,” police said in a statement.
The protesters, angry at Chinese meddling with Hong Kong’s freedoms, threw the homemade bombs on the streets in front of the headquarters of HSBC and the Hong Kong base for the Bank of China. Protesters also smashed the windows of China’s local branch of the Xinhua news agency for the first time, the Associated Press reported.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters removed a Chinese national flag from its pole and flung it into Victoria Harbour on Saturday after a pro-democracy rally once again continued into the evening despite police warnings to stick to a short, pre-approved route.
Source: Hong Kong on the march again
Yuen Long, Hong Kong (CNN)Tens of thousands of protesters descended Saturday on the small town near Hong Kong’s border with China that was hit by some of the worst violence seen during the past eight weeks of tumultuous protests.On July 21, after a demonstration in downtown Hong Kong against a now-shelved extradition bill was broken up by police, protesters returning to Yuen Long were attacked by a mob wielding iron bars and bamboo sticks.Footage of the attack posted on social media showed the marauding masked gang, wearing white T-shirts, attacking crowds on the platform and inside train carriages at Yuen Long MTR station, in the far northwest of the semi-autonomous Chinese city.About a dozen men have been arrested in connection with that violence, some of whom have links to organized crime groups, or triads. Protesters were reportedly at the mercy of the mob for almost an hour before police arrived and at least 45 people were injured, some seriously.
Demonstrators called for the revocation of controversial extradition proposals, the release of student demonstrators and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam