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Over 200 arrested in Hong Kong as city reels in weeks from worst violence

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Over 200 arrested in Hong Kong as city reels in weeks from worst violence

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Hong Kong awoke to what is expected for a day of relative calm on Sunday after a night where protesters set fire to subway stations and buildings, such as an office of China’s official news agency Xinhua.

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As around five weeks of protests show no signs of abating Over 200 people were arrested in one of the worst outbreaks of violence in recent weeks. Demonstrators are mad at perceived Chinese meddling with Hong Kong’s freedoms because the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997, a charge which China denies.Cat-and-mouse clashes between riot police and demonstrators continued into the wee hours of Sunday morning after police broke up a meeting of thousands on Saturday afternoon by shooting tear gas into a park.

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Xinhua condemned the attack by what it said were”barbaric thugs” who broke doors and security systems and threw paint and fire bombs in the lobby.When Reuters visited ancient Sunday, some cleaning staff could be seen sweeping glass out of the floor through broken doors and windows, as tourists curiously eyed the destruction.

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Hong Kong police said over 200 people had been arrested by them for criminal damage, possession of weapons, crimes including criminal assembly, and wearing masks which is now illegal under a emergency law.

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Police fired tear gas, rubber bullets and set a water cannon at protesters through Saturday and Sunday, they said, as the violence freed across the water into the northern Kowloon side out of Hong Kong island.


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