August 24, 2019 / 8:58 AM / a month ago

Hong Kong police use tear gas to try to disperse protests

Riot police detain a demonstrator as they clash during a protest in Hong Kong, China, August 24, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

(Reuters) - Hong Kong police used tear gas on Saturday to try to disperse anti-government protests on the eastern side of the Kowloon peninsula, across the harbor from Hong Kong island.

The protesters marched in the gritty Kwun Tong industrial district of the Chinese-ruled city. It was the first use of tear gas in about 10 days amid protests that have persisted for nearly three months.

Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Paul Tait

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