Hong Kong unrest spreads as leader warns city on the brink

Hong Kong unrest spreads as leader warns city on the brink

Protesters throw back tear gas fired by the police in Wong Tai Sin during a general strike in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019, as simultaneous rallies were held across seven districts. Picture: Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Some major roads were blocked and many shops across the city were shuttered, including big-name fashion outlets in the central commercial district.

Hong Kong’s unrest spread more widely throughout the financial hub on Monday as riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters at multiple locations and the city’s leader warned of a “very dangerous situation”. The third consecutive night of police-protester confrontations occurred after a rare strike caused transport chaos. Activists disrupted vital rush-hour commuter train service, held multiple rallies, besieged police stations and launched projectiles at the legislature, while the general strike affected dozens of flights at one of the world’s busiest airports. Police fired tear gas in at least 11 areas across the city, battling to disperse crowds of demonstrators in...

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