(HONG KONG) Latest: Riot police deployed tear gas to clear protesters on Saturday night after parts of Kowloon were brought to a halt, with a major entrance to the cross-harbour tunnel briefly blocked in a series of wildcat road occupations #AceNewsDesk

#AceNewsReport – Aug.03: Protesters and authorities clashed in https://time.com/longform/hong-kong-protests/ again on Saturday, as demonstrators removed a Chinese national flag from its pole and flung it into the city’s iconic Victoria Harbor and police fired tear gas after some protesters vandalized a police station: Before 9.30pm, tactical unit officers descended upon masked protesters from multiple directions, firing tear gas near Austin Road in Tsim Sha Tsui: Riot police also headed south along Nathan Road in Mong Kok where multiple arrests were made. An HKFP reporter witnessed several incendiary devices being thrown at advancing officers:Earlier in the day, thousands garbed in black spilt onto Nathan Road as southbound traffic ground to a halt in the commercial shopping district popular among tourists.

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Photo: May James/HKFP.

The march was initially prohibited by police, who ordered protesters to restrict the gathering to a park on Anchor Street: But the ban was overturned by an appeal board, which allowed demonstrators to walk to Cherry Street Park near Olympic MTR station: As the crowd reached the endpoint at around 5pm, another group deviated from the designated route in Tai Kok Tsui and headed to Mong Kok en route to Tsim Sha Tsui.

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Photo: May James/HKFP.

At around 6.30pm, crowds choked the entrance to the cross-harbour tunnel at Hung Hom using makeshift barricades, preventing vehicles from passing for over an hour: Some headed north to Mong Kok afterwards chanting “Monday! Strike!” – a reference to an upcoming walkout: The protest also saw demonstrators graffiti the exterior of Tsim Sha Tsui police station and set a pile of cardboard alight. The blaze was extinguished by firefighters at roughly 9.05pm.

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Photo: May James/HKFP.

Hong Kong protesters have made several demands including the complete withdrawal of the now-suspended extradition bill, for the retraction of the term “riot” to describe protests, for an independent investigation into police behaviour and for an unconditional release of all arrested protesters: They have also called for a disbanding of the legislature and the implementation of universal suffrage.

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Many stores in the area – including at the Langham Place mall – closed their shutters ahead of Saturday’s protest.

#AceNewsDesk reports……………..HKFP: Published: Aug.03: 2019:

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