HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong riot police and protesters braced for possible further clashes across the city’s financial district on Thursday after a day of violence over an extradition bill that would allow people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
Hundreds of riot police could be seen resting and re-grouping overnight while gaggles of protesters obtained fresh supplies of water, goggles and helmets, Reuters witnesses reported.
Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray in a series of skirmishes on Wednesday to clear demonstrators from the city’s legislature.
It was some of the worst violence in Hong Kong since Britain handed it back to Chinese rule in 1997 with a guarantee of extensive autonomy and freedoms, including a separate legal system and freedom of speech.
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