Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement grow violent
Violence and tear gas
The firing of tear gas was the latest confrontation between police and protesters who have taken to the streets for almost two months to fight a proposed extradition bill and call for electoral reforms in the Chinese territory.
Bricks and petrol bombs hurled
Hong Kong media released video showing masked assailants attacking commuters in a subway station. Among those attacked were protesters clad in their trademark black clothing and yellow hard hats.
Reason behind confrontation
The statement also said some ``radical protesters initiated a series of violent acts ... despite repeated warnings'' by police. They said the acts included hurling petrol bombs, setting fires and throwing bricks.
``This is absolutely unacceptable to Hong Kong as a society that observes the rule of law,'' the statement said, referring to the acts of the subway attackers as well as the protesters.
What led to this?
Large protests began early last month in opposition to a contentious extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to stand trial in mainland China, where critics say their rights would be compromised.
Hong Kong's leader, Carrie Lam, has declared the extradition bill dead, but protesters are dissatisfied with her refusal to formally withdraw the legislation. Some are also calling for her to resign amid growing concerns about the steady erosion of civil rights in the city.