Police in Hong Kong fired tear gas and pepper spray into a crowd of demonstrators who were conducting an illegal protest of attacks last weekend carried out by suspected triad members, which left 45 people injured at the Yuen Long MTR station.
#UPDATE 🇭🇰 Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters holding a banned rally in the town of #YuenLong against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators near the Chinese border last weekend, tipping the finance hub further into chaos. https://t.co/YgSxKYJb2Y pic.twitter.com/m6CyG2JdAB— AFP news agency (@AFP) July 27, 2019
Protesters wearing all black streamed through Yuen Long, even though police refused to grant permission for the march, citing risks of confrontations between demonstrators and local residents.
For the protesters, it was a show of defiance against both the police and the white-clad assailants who beat dozens of people July 21, including some demonstrators heading home after the latest mass protest in the Chinese territory's summer-long pro-democracy movement. -ABC News
Probably the most ominous video to emerge so far: here sprinting riot police can be seen being cheered on by masked men clad in white - irrevocably associated with the mass Triad violence against innocents seen in Yuen Long last Sat. This could get really nasty. #反送中 #AntiELAB pic.twitter.com/k2GNMgtebo— Jack Hazlewood (@JackHHazlewood) July 27, 2019
This marks the eigth consecutive weekend of demonstrations in Hong Kong, which began as peaceful protests over a now-suspended extradition bill with mainland China, according to CNN.
Earlier Saturday, Hong Kong police stormed the Yuen Long subway station, knocking protesters to the ground and injuring others in an attempt to try and diperse the crowd. When that failed, crowd control measures were deployed.