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Hong Kong: Violence Erupts During Pro-Democracy Rally

1 MIN READSep 28, 2019 | 16:33 GMT

What Happened: A pro-democracy rally on Sept. 28 in Hong Kong ended early after violence broke out, with police firing tear gas and a water cannon to disperse protesters who threw rocks, bricks and Molotov cocktails at government buildings, AP reported.

Why It Matters: The violence was a familiar scene that has been repeated since protests for democratic reforms started in early June. It also came three days before a series of anti- and pro-government protests are expected to be held on the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1. The continuing unrest and enduring grievances in Hong Kong have put the city's business activities at risk with few prospects for a political settlement.

Background: The Sept. 28 rally was called to mark the fifth anniversary of the 2014 "Umbrella Movement," in which protesters occupied key thoroughfares in Hong Kong for 79 days to demand direct elections for the city's leaders but failed to win any government concessions.

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