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8/25, 1:49 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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HK police use water cannon on protestors

Police in Hong Kong used a water cannon against protestors for the first time on Sunday as demonstrations continued raging in the global financial hub.

In violent clashes following a peaceful march earlier in the day, protestors hurled petrol bombs and bricks and shone lasers at police, who responded by using tear gas initially before briefly deploying a water cannon to clear makeshift barricades erected by protestors in the district of Kwun Tong in the eastern part of Kowloon island. The demonstrations went ahead despite authorities halting train services to the area.

The unrest comes after police arrested 29 people for their roles in violent protests on Saturday, in which protestors also used weapons such as bamboo rods and bricks against police. The confrontations follow months of peaceful protests in the city against a proposed extradition bill to China, which was ultimately scrapped.

Breaking the News / DZ