Hong Kong protesters rampage as police call for curfew

Anti-government protesters carry British flags as residents gather to protest a teenage demonstrator shot at close range in the chest by a police officer and condemn police tactics and demand accountability in Hong Kong on Oct 2, 2019. (Photo: AP/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG: Hong Kong demonstrators clashed with police into the early hours of Thursday (Oct 3), venting their anger over the shooting of a teenager earlier in the week, as months of anti-government protests showed no sign of letting up.

Police urged the government to impose curfews to help curb the escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city, where officers have become a target of protesters amid accusations of excessive force.

Activists went on the rampage in districts across the Asian financial hub late into the night, setting fires, blocking roads and vandalising shops and metro stations as police fired tear gas to disperse them.

Thousands took to the streets on Wednesday to denounce the shooting of an 18-year-old secondary school student, which police said was an act of self-defence.

CNA

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