Hong Kong Rolls Out Water Cannons After Protesters Hurl Bricks And Fire Bombs

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The violence between Hong Kong riot police and anti-government protesters escalated on Sunday - one of the most violent nights of pro-democracy demonstrations which began three months ago. 

Via SCMP

While largely peaceful, a group of more violent protesters broke away from the day's march - pelting police with bricks and fire bombs. In response, police deployed tear gas and two Mercedes-Benz crowd control water cannons for the first time in 12 weeks

Police have fired tear gas in Tsuen Wan as protesters hurl bricks and projectiles in return https://t.co/yIVtMHNLAE #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/OHBVEGtHt0

— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) August 25, 2019

Water cannon deployed toward protesters. pic.twitter.com/k3QgJVacuu

— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) August 25, 2019

The vehicles are equipped with surveillance cameras and multiple water-cannon nozzles, and police had said they would only be used in the event of a "large-scale public disturbance". -BBC

Water cannons have arrived on site in Tsuen Wan. Protesters are retreating https://t.co/yIVtMHNLAE #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/qjeAPX4ZwL

— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) August 25, 2019
Protesters have now thrown six petrol bombs in total on Yeung Uk Road - to loud cheers from the crowd. 
Via SCMP

Earlier in the day, police drew guns on the crowd, while a police officer fired a warning shot from a .38 revolver after reportedly feeling his life was in danger

Before nightfall, police raised the orange flag warning protesters to disperse or they will fire

At Sha Tsui Road, weapon-wielding demonstrators had gone for a small group of officers, leading one policeman to fire a warning shot in the air
Video: SCMP/@Lealokkk #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/98EuL00u4f

— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) August 25, 2019

After which riot police showed up.

Clashes break out at Chung On Street as police try to take a man away. An angry crowd of residents and protesters chants: “Release him! Triads!”
Video: SCMP/@jeffielam #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/ILDz1dl5vq

— SCMP Hong Kong (@SCMPHongKong) August 25, 2019

Hong Kong's elite "Raptors" police squad was seen marching in front of the Indi Home Shopping Arcade. 

Despite rain and thunder, thousands of people showed up for the demonstrations dressed in plastic ponchos and rain coats, marching from Kwai Chung to Tseun Wan district in the city's New Territories while huddling under a sea of umbrellas. 

Last Sunday, around 1.7 million people attended a pro-democracy rally in central Hong Kong according to the BBC. Today's count came in at 128,000 - only counting those at...

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