(HONG KONG) LATEST: Police and #HKResist protesters exchanged tear gas and petrol bombs as an illegal anti-government march that attracted tens of thousands descended into chaos, with hundreds of shops trashed and Chinese banks and metro stations #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.20: That after two weeks of relative calm, the major rally showed that the pro-democracy campaign has not lost support and that hardcore protesters will continue to clash with police: Protesters threw petrol bombs at the Tsim Sha Tsui police station on Kowloon peninsula after police inside fired volleys of tear gas to disperse demonstrators on the street Reuters reported.

UPDATE HKT1902: Police fired tear gas without black flag warning at ‘gearless’ citizens on Sai Yeung Choi Street at 18:52:
Another tear gas was fired without warning again on Nathan Road in Mongkok at 19:02.
At 18:31 in Mongkok, the police pushed forward along Argyle Road and pointed guns at members of the press.
Meanwhile, at 18:28 raptor squad aimed pepper pellet projectile to reporters and citizens on the eye level.
At 18:40 in Mongkok, police holding their guns asked reporters to get on the walkway. Police also flashed strong light at citizens.
At 18:41, a riot police asked a foreign reporter whether they know Chinese or not, and said “just don’t come if you do not.”
Police raised pepper spray at Citizens at around 18:45.

Source: Now; RTHK; Apple: https://t.me/guardiansofhongkong/8724
📡Guardians of Hong Kong, [Oct 20, 2019 at 12:03]
[Oct 20: “Hongkongers, Resist!”: March in Tsim Sha Tsui]

Reuters: Other black-clad protesters erected fiery barriers on Nathan Road, a major retail strip in the Kowloon district, as scores of riot police, shields in front, marched toward them, while others fired tear gas: Police used several water canon trucks to disperse protesters, spraying jets of blue-dye into the crowds and sending hundreds fleeing. Police have used the blue dye to identify protesters: It was the heaviest use of water canons by police and many people hit with the water developed coughs, suggesting an irritant may be mixed with the water: As riot police advanced protesters fell back to their next barricade, unlike past rallies when they stood and clashed with police, throwing petrol bombs and bricks: Along the march route, protesters trashed metro stations and hundreds of shops, throwing goods onto the streets. Several Chinese banks were targeted: By nightfall protesters had set fire to numerous road barriers and trashed shops in several Kowloon districts, said police, who continued to engage in street by street skirmishes. Police detonated what they said was an explosive device surrounded by broken bricks and left in the middle of a street: Hong Kong has been battered by months of often massive and violent protests over concerns that Beijing is tightening its grip on the city, the worst political crisis since Britain handed the city back to China in 1997.

‘HONGKONGERS RESIST’

Police had declared Sunday’s march illegal due to concerns over public safety: Protesters, ranging from young students to the elderly, many carrying umbrellas to shield their faces from street surveillance cameras, face arrest: For the first few hours, the march was peaceful: At the start of the march banners reading “Free Hong Kong” stretched across the ground. Other posters read “HongKongers Resist”, while graffiti on one wall said “Better Dead than Red”. ……….Hardcore protesters, who have staged months of running battles with police, set up road blocks and sprayed graffiti saying: “We chose to die on our feet rather than live on our knees!”. Some tore up pavement bricks for clashes with police.

Protesters believe the police refusal to issue a permit for Sunday’s march was an attempt to limit their numbers, as some would fear being arrested: “The government pretends we just want to destroy the city. We’ll be out for as long as it takes to let the world know it is them who are destroying it,” said Ray, 24, who planned to go home after a few hours as he feared arrest. Like most protesters, he did not want to give his full name.

Protesters have five core demands: universal suffrage, an independent inquiry into police action against protesters, amnesty for those charged, an end to describing protesters as rioters, and the formal withdrawal of the extradition bill: Lam has said the bill is dead, but it is yet to be formally withdrawn. She has rejected the other demands. On Sunday she said a police complaints inquiry will be completed before the end of the year.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………..Published: Oct.20: 2019:

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