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Hong Kong Masses Defy Police, Show China They’re Ready to Fight

  • Police fire warning gunshots, water cannons amid firebombs
  • Public warned to remain indoors, train service interrupted
A demonstrator prepares to throw a fire bomb towards riot police in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Aug. 31, 2019.

A demonstrator prepares to throw a fire bomb towards riot police in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong on Aug. 31, 2019.

Photographer: Justin Chin/Bloomberg
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Hong Kong’s masses swarmed downtown areas in defiance of a police ban on Saturday, showing they’re ready to resist harsher measures by local authorities and Beijing to quash pro-democracy protests that have raged for almost three months.

Demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails and bricks, and set aflame a massive road block in the city center after tens of thousands marched and vowed to drag out disruptive anti-China protests until their demands were met. Some train stations were shuttered and subway services interrupted, while police warned the public to stay indoors and keep their windows shut in some areas as they use “appropriate force” to disperse demonstrators. Two warning shots were fired by police officers.