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Subway protest and Hong Kong suddenly turns violent



HONG KONG – A protest at a Hong Kong subway station suddenly escalated into a chaotic free-for-all on Wednesday night, with masked demonstrators bracing for a confrontation with the police.

Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters had gathered for a sit-in at the Yuen Long MTR station, marking the one-month anniversary of the violent July 21 incident when peaceful demonstrators, wearing black, were attacked by mobs, dressed in white and linked to local organized crime.

Wednesday night observed a moment of silence at the station, in the New Territories of northwest Hong Kong.

Then with no warning, some began overturning trash cans and carts, using them to build makeshift barricades in anticipation of a confrontation with shelves.

Many of the demonstrators carried umbrellas, which have become both symbolic and practical tools of protesters ̵

1; who use them to block tear gas or attacks from club-wielding shelves.

Hong Kong has be en roiled by weeks of protests by demonstrators demanding greater democracy in a semi-autonomous city that had been under British rule until it was passed over to the People's Republic of China in 1997.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

Janis Mackey Frayer reported from Hong Kong and David K. Li from New York


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