Hong Kong police fire tear gas at ‘anti-triad’ march

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Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters holding a banned rally today against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators near the Chinese border last weekend.

Riot police fired multiple rounds of tear gas in Yuen Long after tense standoffs with protesters, some of whom were throwing projectiles and had surrounded a police van.

Public anger has been raging since last Sunday when a gang of men in white t-shirts, armed with poles and batons, set upon anti-government protesters and bystanders in Yuen Long station, leaving at least 45 people needing hospital treatment.

The brazen assault was the latest escalation in seven weeks of unprecedented political violence that shows little sign of abating as the city’s pro-Beijing leaders refuse to budge.

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