Protesters break down barriers protecting Parliament


Hong Kong police fired tear gas to try to disperse a banned pro-democracy protest near local government buildings. – AFP

Radical protesters broke down the gates around the complex housing the parliament and the headquarters of the Hong Kong executive on Saturday, according to an AFP journalist.

Protesters armed with shields threw Molotov cocktails at the police, who responded with a water cannon and throwing tear gas canisters.

Thousands of Hong Kong prodemocracy activists defied Saturday the ban on protests and took to the streets of the former British colony, the day after the arrest of several figures of the movement.

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