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Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms in Hong Kong's Central district

Protesters hold hands to form a human chain during a rally to call for political reforms in Hong Kong's Central district

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More than 200,000 people formed a human chain, dubbed "The Hong Kong Way", across the city on Friday night in a show of opposition to the government's changes to the extradition law and reluctance to respond to public demands.

The protesters faced off with police for several hours outside a police station in Kwun Tong, having constructed barricades from bamboo poles and traffic barriers. Several police officers were injured in the confrontation and seen being treated.

The violence broke an uneasy peace that had lasted a little more than a week.

While anti-government protesters have developed nimble techniques to evade police in recent weeks, the city's MTR subway line controversially closed several stations near where protests were planned on Saturday, making it hard for many to leave the area.

A group of protesters on Saturday used an electric saw to slice through the bottom of the lamppost, while others pulled ropes tied around it. "We have to be very concerned", organizer Ventus Lau said ahead of the procession.

But tension rippled across Saturday's march, where a number of frontline radical demonstrators known as "braves" had gathered. Some demonstrators set off fire extinguishers and threw rocks and bricks at police. As the afternoon wore on, some fired stones from slingshots, prompting a charge from police, wielding batons and pepper spray.

Activists have called for a complete withdrawal of a bill that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

Riot police fired tear gas at protesters and detained some people as the 12th weekend of demonstrations in Hong Kong turned violent again on Saturday. Some thought the impressive turnout would force the government to back down, but the following day, the city's leader, Carrie Lam, said she was sticking by the bill.

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Anti-extradition protesters gather at Kwai Fong MTR station in Hong Kong on August 20.

Millions of people have taken to the streets of Hong Kong since June in protest against the controversial bill in what has become the territory's worst-ever political crisis.

Standard Chartered and HSBC, two of the largest financial institutions in the world that have offices in Hong Kong, broke their silence about the protests on Thursday by taking out full-page ads in Hong Kong newspapers, calling for a peaceful resolution.

Participants chanted slogans like "Free Hong Kong!" and "Recover Hong Kong, revolution of the times!"

Hong Kong police have used tear gas to disperse protesters who were massing near a police station.

Fox News Flash top headlines for August 24 are here. It was the first use of tear gas in about 10 days amid protests that have persisted for almost three months.

Hong Kong's airport, one of the world's busiest, was forced to close temporarily last week and hundreds of flights were cancelled or rescheduled when protesters and police clashed.

What is being called the white terror is rapidly spreading as Beijing's untamed mouthpieces start lining up other targets for punishment over their failure to have played a satisfactory role in criticizing the protest movement. The certificate enabled the government to decrypt and read anything a user types or posts, including intercepting their account information and passwords.

David Webb, Hong Kong's leading corporate watchdog, says it is "perhaps only a matter of time before China expects Hong Kong-based conglomerates to have to consult Communist Party committees before making decisions".

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