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Tear gas and water cannons have been used by Hong Kong police in an attempt to subdue protesters.

The protesters themselves threw bricks and petrol bombs near government buildings during a pro-democracy march.

A protester shields themselves from a water cannon using an umbrella – Reuters

Reuters news agency reported that the activists also set fire to a banner proclaiming the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

The protests and clashes have been ongoing for months, but are starting to escalate at a more rapid rate.

-Daniel Potter