Protesters defy ban and occupy central Hong Kong

Protesters defy ban and occupy central Hong Kong
# 31 August 2019 16:10 (UTC +04:00)

Hong Kong police have used tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds of protesters who defied a police ban and marched through the city, APA reports citing BBC News.

Demonstrators lit fires and attacked the parliament building as thousands joined the march.

An event to mark five years since Beijing ruled out fully democratic elections was banned by officials and called off by organisers.

On Friday, several key pro-democracy activists and lawmakers were arrested.

The protest movement grew out of rallies against a controversial extradition bill - now suspended - which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial.

It has since become a broader pro-democracy movement in which clashes have grown more violent.

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