What Happened: Hong Kong riot police fought with protesters on July 27 as several thousand demonstrators defied authorities and marched in the northern town of Yuen Long where last weekend white-shirted, club-wielding men attacked protesters and others in a train station, BBC reported. Protesters have accused police of turning a blind eye and colluding with the attackers. Police deny the claims.
Why It Matters: Protests in Hong Kong have grown more violent over the past two months, raising questions about whether the Chinese central government will eventually intervene. A crackdown on the protests would risk galvanizing opposition against Beijing, compromising Hong Kong's status as a business hub and aggravating tensions with the United States.
Background: Massive demonstrations began in Hong Kong in early June against a controversial bill that would have enabled extraditions to mainland China. Hong Kong's government has since backed away from the legislation, but protesters are now also demanding an inquiry into police violence and democratic reform.