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Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protests escalate

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protests escalate
Hong Kong: Hong Kong police fired volleys of tear gas in a popular shopping district as hundreds took to the streets on Sunday to march against China’s proposed tough national security legislation for the city.
Pro-democracy supporters in Hong Kong have sharply criticised China’s proposal to enact a national security law that would ban secessionist and subversive activity, as well as foreign interference and terrorism in the semi-autonomous territory. Critics say it goes against the “one country, two systems” framework that promises the city freedoms not found on the mainland.

Tam Tak-chi, vice chairman of Hong Kong's People Power party, is led away by riot police during a protest against Beijing's plans for tough new security laws in the former British colony.
Tam Tak-chi, vice chairman of Hong Kong’s People Power party, is led away by riot police during a protest against Beijing’s plans for tough new security laws in the former British colony.Credit:Bloomberg

On Sunday afternoon, crowds of protesters dressed in black gathered in Causeway Bay, a popular shopping district, to protest the proposed legislation. Protesters chanted slogans “Stand with Hong Kong,” “Liberate Hong Kong” and “Revolution of our times.”
Prominent activitist Tam Tak-chi was arrested during the protests for what police said was an unauthorised assembly. Tam said he was giving a “health talk” and was exempt from social-distancing measures that prohibit gatherings of more than eight people.

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