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The Latest: HK Protesters Kick Barricades at Gov't Complex

The Latest: HK Protesters Kick Barricades at Gov't Complex

Saturday, 28 September 2019 07:37 AM

HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):

7:10 p.m.

A small group of protesters has kicked and attempted to scale barricades outside the Hong Kong government office complex, prompting riot police to fire pepper spray to disperse the crowd.

The protesters, clad fully in black and wearing goggles and masks, kicked the metal fencing and heckled police. Some tried to climb the plastic barricades but retreated after police officers behind the barriers fired pepper spray.

The protesters returned and police again used pepper spray. The scene repeated several times and some journalists at the scene were also hit by the spray.

It happened as a pro-democracy rally began at a park nearby, with thousands of people chanting slogans and listening to speeches on a makeshift stage.

6:40 p.m.

Thousands of people have started to gather at a park in downtown Hong Kong, belting out songs and chanting slogans to mark the fifth anniversary of the Umbrella protests that called for democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory.

Police, who approved Saturday's rally at Tamar Park by the Civil Human Rights Front, mounted tight security with barriers blocking access to government offices and the Legislative Council building that was stormed by protesters in July.

Protesters unfurled a big banner that read "We are back" on a footbridge to the government office. Walls along a staircase leading to the bridge were filled with posters in a throwback to 2014, when protesters occupied key thoroughfares in the same area for 79 days but failed to win any government concessions.

2:05 p.m.

Prominent Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong has announced plans to contest local elections and warns that any attempt to disqualify him will only spur more support for monthslong pro-democracy protests.

His announcement comes ahead of a major rally Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Umbrella protests, where he first shot to fame as a youth leader. During the Umbrella Movement, protesters occupied key thoroughfares in the city for 79 days to demand free elections for the city's leaders but failed to win any concession.

Wong says he will run in district council elections in November and that the vote is crucial to send a message to Beijing that the people are more determined than ever to win the battle for more rights.

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The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):7:10 p.m.A small group of protesters has kicked and attempted to scale barricades outside the Hong Kong government office complex, prompting riot police to fire pepper spray to disperse the crowd.The protesters, clad...
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