Hong Kong police fired tear gas at pro-democracy protesters after tens of thousands defied a police ban on a mass rally to march through central Hong Kong Sunday, Bloomberg reports.
Details: Hong Kong police warned protesters to "stop their illegal acts and leave the scene immediately" as they launched a crackdown to disperse demonstrators. Protesters outside government headquarters threw petrol bombs during the latest clashes with police in Admiralty,and a water cannon truck was on standby in neighboring Central, per Bloomberg.
The big picture: Department stores in the tourist hub of the Causeway Bay shopping district closed their shutters in case of a return to the violent clashes of past weekends, Reuters notes.
- Earlier, hundreds of Hong Kongers sang and chanted "God Save the Queen" outside the British Consulate, calling on the United Kingdom to ensure China honors the territory’s freedoms enjoyed since the former U.K. colony was returned to the Chinese government in 1997.
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