Hong Kong mops up after weekend of violence, braces for more protests

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Shortly after, protesters threw bricks and police began firing tear gas.

The increasingly violent protests since June have emerged as Hong Kong's most serious crisis in decades and become one of the biggest challenges to Chinese leader Xi Jinping since he took power in 2012.

Moreover, the protests themselves have involved a significant proportion of the Hong Kong population and have taken place largely outside of the involvement of the official opposition in the city-the so-called pan-democrat grouping in the Legislative Council.

Police denied their requests for permits to stage a march from the city's Victoria Park and in the Sham Shui Po neighbourhood, but the protesters gathered anyway.

They have dominated a peaceful sit-in at the city's worldwide airport which entered its third day on Sunday, with about a thousand demonstrators singing songs and handing out flyers to arriving travellers amid a carnival atmosphere. At one point, protesters blocked the entrance to a plaza to prevent police from entering.

Ng, a father of a 9-year-old girl, said that he felt "troubled to see children grow up in this kind of social environment" and urged the government to listen to the concerns of Hongkongers.

Legislators and journalists were invited to witness the display of extreme crowd control tactics, which came after a weekend of protests at the airport and on the streets of one of the city's main shopping districts.

A massive traffic jam soon formed on the highway leading back to Hong Kong's city centre. "I think it's unbelievable".

The Hong Kong administration branded the protests as "unlawful assemblies" and said a petrol bomb had injured a policeman.

The phrase, popularized by legendary martial artist Bruce Lee, speaks to the ability to adapt oneself to fast-changing situations.

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Demonstrators recently adopted a flash-mob strategy, retreating when pressed by police only to re-emerge at another location.

Anti-Extradition bill protesters run inside at Taikoo Shing Mass Transit Railway (MTR) station, after police detained protesters inside a station in Hong Kong August 11, 2019.

Similar exchanges ensued late into the summer night.

"It is simply wrong for the British government to directly call Hong Kong's Chief Executive to exert pressure".

Thousands of activists also occupied the airport arrivals hall for a third day in a row, while others turned out earlier at a downtown park.

Mostly dressed in black, the demonstrators silently held up signs with graphics expressing their disapproval of the police's use of force and demanding the bill's full withdrawal.

Showcasing the slick design that has characterized the protests, other pamphlets and posters also advertised planned demonstrations as "new tourist spots", handed out airline tickets "to freedom" and advised tourists what to do if they were caught in the protests during their visit.

As protesters peacefully demonstrated at the airport for a fourth day, Hong Kong's Airport Authority said the affected flights were the ones that were not checked in by the afternoon of Monday (local time).

Britain's foreign minister Dominic Raab on Friday emphasised the right to peaceful protest in a phone call with Lam, prompting a rebuke from China.

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