Hong Kong police arrest 29 after overnight clashes, more protests planned

More than two million people in the Baltic countries of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania joined hands in one of the biggest mass protests seen against

More than two million people in the Baltic countries of Estonia Latvia and Lithuania joined hands in one of the biggest mass protests seen against

An employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained in China's border city of Shenzhen amid accusations of outside interference in pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong was released on Saturday, Chinese police said.

Tear gas swept across the road as protesters retreated, leaving a trail of broken bottles and at least one small fire in their wake.

Geng elaborated that those who are "aboveboard" will have their rights guaranteed in China, while people with "an ulterior motive to engage in illegal activities" may have to be "extremely cautious".

Police say their use of tear gas, rubber bullets and beanbag rounds has been necessary to clear streets of protesters who have pelted them with eggs, bricks and gasoline bombs.

Hong Kong has witnessed escalating violence among protesters recently, causing services cut-off and even closure of the airport.

"The recent protests are remarkable in their longevity", Shin said.

More than 700 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began over two months ago after Hong Kong announced a bill that would make it easier for authorities to extradite people from the former British colony to mainland China.

At protests across Canada last weekend, Hong Kong supporters clashed with demonstrators delivering messages in support of Beijing.

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The Luohu public security bureau in Shenzhen, the mainland city neighbouring Hong Kong, made the announcement on its Weibo microblog account.

Riot police are pictured during a protest in Hong Kong, China on August 24, 2019. "There might be some things we don't agree with, like the "braves' who tend to charge".

Similar protests took place in Vancouver and Calgary, as well as cities around the world including New York, London, Paris and Sydney.

A major trade union confederation said that the head of the cabin crew union at Cathay Dragon airline had been fired in retaliation for supporting the movement, adding to the chill in the semiautonomous Chinese territory. "I used to be the one to stand behind them, to back up all of my colleagues". The Western media should keep quiet about the situation in Hong Kong, because Europe and especially the United States, are actually behind it, he said.

The wider calls for democracy pose a direct challenge for Communist Party leaders in Beijing, who are eager to quell the protests ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on October 1.

Demonstrators hold signs as they gather at the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront in Hong Kong on Friday.

Encouraging national pride has been key for the Communist Party of China since the 1990s, he explained, when China became an economic and political powerhouse internationally.

"We have tried traditional processions, more militant steps - although I don't agree with these - and now we are coming out together to hold hands and show that we are still united", said Wing, one of the participating protesters. Together they chorused the Chinese national anthem and popular songs including "My Chinese Heart".

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