Police in Hong Kong have used tear gas, pepper spray and water cannon to disperse anti-government protesters as thousands gathered for a banned rally calling for international emergency support as the city’s democracy movement pushes into its 22nd week.
To sidestep the ban, pro-democracy candidates re-billed Saturday’s gathering as a rally for local elections later this month, which does not require the same approval for smaller assemblies.
Protesters on Saturday clad in black ski masks and “Free Hong Kong” T-shirts streamed into Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, a busy shopping district, brandishing international flags and election banners.
Al Jazeera’s Divya Gopalan reports from Hong Kong.
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