Protesters march on Nathan road during a protest in Hong Kong, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. The protests that started in June over a now-shelved extradition bill have since snowballed into an anti-China campaign amid anger over what many view as Beijing's interference in Hong Kong's autonomy that was granted when the former British colony returned to Chinese rule in 1997. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Thousands march again, gas bombs thrown in Hong Kong

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Protesters marching peacefully hit the rain-slickened streets of Hong Kong again in multiple locations on Saturday, defying police warnings that they were gathering illegally. Police said rioters tossing gasoline bombs also damaged a subway station.

The rallies in Kowloon and a small gathering of retirees outside police headquarters on Hong Kong Island maintained pressure on the city's leader, Chief Executive Carrie Lam, to bend to the months-long protest movement's demands ahead of her annual policy address on Wednesday.

Many thousands of marchers joined the rally in Kowloon, classified by police as an illegal gathering. A cohort of police wearing riot helmets and banging their plastic shields followed some distance behind, clearing road blocks left by the march.

Outside police headquarters, about 200 people, many of them retirees, also gathered peacefully, some shouting abuse at plainclothes officers who did not intervene. There were gatherings of several hundred people in other locations, too. A rally in a shopping mall pulled together about 300 people who sang and put up protest posters.

The majority of protesters wore masks over their mouths in defiance of a week-old ban that makes face coverings punishable by one year in jail when worn at rallies.

The police force reported on its Facebook page that rioters tossed gasoline bombs inside a Kowloon subway station, "posing a threat to the safety of citizens" but causing no injuries.

Overall, however, the protests were lower-key and appeared to lack the numbers of some much larger demonstrations seen during the more than four months of unrest that have gripped the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

As recently as last Sunday, tens of thousands of masked protesters had hit Hong Kong's rain-drenched streets.

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Another day, Another Wonton Rally.

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Freedom is not easy to have. Free Hong Kong!

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These people are incredibly courageous in fighting for political rights against a communist regime with a track record of brutal oppression. The Chinese have been busy using their wealth to invent new ways to suppress the inalienable rights of individuals. They are using that wealth to spread their ideology as seen by the NBA’s folding to the bullies in Beijing last week. The protesters are more American than a good portion of America’s corporate leaders. Google, Apple, and the NBA are expressing support for socialist regimes like the Chinese Communists over the rights and freedoms of individuals. America has forgot about what America is all about. The Hong Kong protesters know better.

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Gasoline bombs are apparently ok in protests now, according to the Western media.

I'll remember that.

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Wolfpack, what are they fighting for? They can already directly elect their own representatives in their legislature in their own system. The extradition bill has been withdrawn. Arrested rioters to be freed is not going to happen.

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what are they fighting for?

Directly elected leaders. Not pre-approved, appointed, Beijing committee selected leaders.

Lam and all Beijing-appointed leaders need to step down. Fresh, direct, elections, open to any politician (for lack of a better word) need to be happen.

Lam can run too, BTW.

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Just imagine if these were not PEACSFUL protests! To many commentators on this site it is OK to riot, vandalise public and private properties, attack and assault police, attack and assault citizens whenever you what your way. Whenever you disagree with a law or government decision just RIOT. This is what they call democracy, freedom.

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theFu: "Directly elected leaders. Not pre-approved, appointed, Beijing committee selected leaders."

In most nations, including here in Australia, one can only elect someone that is selected to stand for office by their political party. there are very few independents and, because of lack of campaign funds, even fewer independents get voted in. 

This has nothing to do with HKers wanting the right to vote but everything to do with wanting an independent nation. This is another story because HK is part of China, it is under Chinese sovereignty.

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Carrie Lam is a failure. She is a CCP stooge and the HKers ain't going to take anymore! And to think, this is an embarrassment already to the 70th anniversary of Mao the Mass Murderer taking over China but with all those Young Communist Ladies marching in goose-stepping past the portrait of their Little Tin God last week they're going to call the HKers 'rioters' and 'scum' no matter if the protests are violent or not, ahem.

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There is currently a WORLD stooge talking us into a global war. When will the people start a PEACEFUL protest against him? Over half of the nations people did not vote for this stooge so when will they start PEACEFULLY protesting? This same fool, and we all know who he is, is an embarrassment to his nation, is ignoring the laws of his nation and ignoring Congress.

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Democracy is definitely the most evolved social status difficult to achieve and maintain.

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rlperez@hotmail.com.auOct. 12 11:03 pm JSTThere is currently a WORLD stooge talking us into a global war. When will the people start a PEACEFUL protest against him? Over half of the nations people did not vote for this stooge so when will they start PEACEFULLY protesting? This same fool, and we all know who he is, is an embarrassment to his nation, is ignoring the laws of his nation and ignoring Congress.

That's right. He called himself the 'chosen one' (a messiah) just a few weeks ago and where was the outrage from religious leaders? He's committing crimes against humanity with those concentration camps holding those abducted children who have NO hope. And he's kowtowing to foreign dictators and even openly and blatantly asked China for help in bullying his political rivals. And many more crimes.

Donald Trump is an arrogant immature despot and usurper who deserves no recognition and no respect whatsoever from anyone. He's the #1 threat to mankind today, a criminal Mussolini for the 21st century. All he deserves is prison.

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Big HK tycoons pro-Beijing are as much responsible for this mess. 6 families make almost 50% of the HK GDP.

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committed with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury

I hate that. If you cannot read minds its pretty hard to determine intent. That statement needs to be updated to include callous and wanton disregard for the civilian casualties these goons inflict and were predictable but they claim were "collateral damage" and "Oops! Butterfingers!". They just say they didn't intend it and walk away.

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rlperez@hotmail.com.au:

There is currently a WORLD stooge talking us into a global war.

Tsk tsk, you should speak more politely about the honorable president Xi of China.

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WilliB: Read my comments and you will know the stooge cannot possible be Xi. More anti-China everything propaganda from your comment.

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