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Violent scenes in Hong Kong ahead of Chinese National Day

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Violent scenes in Hong Kong ahead of Chinese National Day

Violent scenes in Hong Kong ahead of Chinese National Day

Hong Kong police fired water cannon, rubber bullets and round after round of tear gas at petrol-bomb and brick-throwing protesters on Sunday in some of the most widespread violence in more than three months of anti-government unrest.

Emer McCarthy reports.

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Proudly flying the Chinese flag, around 200 Hong Kongers from pro-Beijing groups rallied across the city ahead of Chinese National Day on Tuesday (October 1).

Some demonstrators calling for the end of opposition protests which have gripped the city for months.

(SOUNDBITE) (English)50-YEAR-OLD, SINGING CHINESE NATIONAL ANTHEM PARTICIPANT, MANDY CHAN, SAYING: ''I am proud as a Chinese, I am proud (of) living in Hong Kong, I am proud today is the day to celebrate China's 70 year's birthday.

I wish the kids in Hong Kong will wake up because they don't know what the future going to be.

I know they will wake up, It's just matter of time.'' Meantime, anti-Chinese protesters were flying flags from across the globe.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) PROTESTER MR FONG SAYING: "For today is to connect people around the world to give pressure upon the Beijing government, not to Carrie Lam anymore.

This is upon Hong Kong situation, it is a protest against the tyranny of Beijing.

That's the message." But their march quickly descended into chaos, with some of the most violent scenes in more than three months of civil unrest.

Protesters threw petrol bombs and bricks at government buildings..

Riot police fired water cannon with blue dye to easily identify protesters - as well as rubber bullets and rounds of tear gas.

Carrie Lam - the city's chief executive and the focus of much of the anti-government unrest - will leave for Beijing on Monday (September 30) to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic.

More protests are expected across the city as National Day approaches.




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