Violence escalated late Sunday night as a smaller group of protesters broke away from the main march of the day and continued on a lengthy march that was not approved. They used traffic cones and street railings to build makeshift barricades on the street, and threw brick and gas bombs.
The police deployed tear gas in the group but failed to disperse them and later used a water cannon against a makeshift barricade. This is the first time water cannons have been used to protest in the last three months, a Hong Kong police spokesman told CNN.
Earlier on Sunday, pro-democracy protests were largely peaceful, with thousands of protesters moving from Kuwait Chung to the Tsun Wang neighborhood, in new areas of the city. They showed up despite the continuing thunderstorm, dressed in plastic ponchos and raincoats, tucked away under umbrellas. According to the organizers of the Telegram messaging platform, the march aimed at reiterating the main demands of the protesters, as well as expressing opposition to the alleged police brutality.
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