Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in Hong Kong calling for democratic reforms.

A protest march by teachers is currently under way. It will be followed by another anti-government march in Hung Hom at 3.30pm and a pro-government rally at 5pm at Tamar Park in Admiralty.

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The latest protests come days after Hong Kong airport cancelled all outbound flights after a mass sit-in by protesters.


All eyes on the Hong Kong protesters

The Chinese government has warned that, after two months of unrest, the situation is now showing “sprouts of terrorism”.

Riot police again fired tear gas and rubber bullets last weekend – letting off rounds in an underground station and using “snatch squads” disguised as protesters to detain people.

Anger in the former British colony has grown over claims of police brutality, a planned extradition law and a call for more democracy.

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China ‘will not sit on its hands’ over Hong Kong protests

Meanwhile, UN commissioner for human rights Michelle Bachelet has urged Hong Kong authorities to show restraint in dealing with the protesters.

In a statement, she said: “Officials can be seen firing tear gas canisters into crowded, enclosed areas and directly at individual protesters on multiple occasions, creating a considerable risk of death or serious injury.”

Saturday’s protests come as a warning of thunderstorms and rain was issued by the Hong Kong Observatory.

The Observatory warned of flooding in low-lying areas and where there was poor drainage.



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