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Police say protesters bring ‘manmade disaster’ to Hong Kong

Hong Kong police arrive in force at the Sha Tin MTR station during a pro-democracy protest. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Hong Kong, China Sep 23, 2019, 05.51 PM (IST)

Hong Kong police said the pro-democracy protesters are pushing the city 'to the verge of manmade disaster', as violence protests continued for the 16th week in the Chinese-rule city.

Demonstrators caused a rampage in MTR subway stations, starting fires on a few streets over the weekend and tried to steal a policeman's gun, police said.

A few men were also reportedly beaten up by the protesters after an argument. Footage from local media showed at least four men were violently beaten up on the streets and MTR station over the weekend.

Police on Sunday fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the latest clashes in more than three months of unrest that has plunged the Chinese-ruled city into its worst political crisis in decades.

The biggest of several clashes took place in or near Mass Transit Railway (MTR) stations, now a familiar target of attack because stations are often closed at the government's behest to stop demonstrators from gathering.

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Demonstrators caused a rampage in MTR subway stations, starting fires on a few streets over the weekend and tried to steal a policeman's gun, police said.