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Hong Kong's businesses and underground rail stations re-opened as usual on Monday (Sept 16) morning, after a chaotic Sunday that saw police fire water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who blocked roads and threw petrol bombs outside government headquarters.
Thousands of anti-government protesters, many clad in black masks, caps and shades to obscure their identity, had raced through the streets, engaged in cat-and-mouse tactics with police, setting street fires and blocking roads in the heart of the former British colony where many key business districts are located.
The authorities moved quickly to douse the fires and police fired volleys of tear gas to disperse them, including in the bustling shopping and tourist district of Causeway Bay.
Police issued a statement early on Monday expressing "severe condemnation" after what began as a mostly peaceful protest spiralled into violence in some of the Chinese territory's key business, shopping and tourist districts.
Around 20 "radical protesters" had attacked two police officers on Sunday evening, hurling petrol bombs and bricks, and threatening the safety of the officers, the statement said.
The demonstrations were the latest in over three months of sometimes violent protests, with protesters angered by what they see as creeping interference by Beijing in Hong Kong's affairs despite promises by Beijing to grant the city wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms denied in mainland China.
This article first appeared on www.straitstimes.com
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