Weekend protests plunge Hong Kong into chaos

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Weekend protests plunge Hong Kong into chaos

Weekend protests plunge Hong Kong into chaos

Hong Kong's anti-government protesters are refining their battle tactics as demonstrations stretch into the 10th week, and police are responding with tougher action to clear the streets.

Eve Johnson reports.

Another weekend in Hong Kong ended in chaos.

Anti-government protests here are now in their 10th week Thousands of demonstrators turned out to clash with police in smoke-filled scenes that seem to be set on repeat.

And the violence is only getting worse.

On Sunday (August 11) demonstrators hurled at least two petrol bombs.

Police say they injured an officer.

Police have taken a tougher approach to clearing streets, firing round after round of tear gas and charging protesters with batons.

The day began peacefully enough with a scheduled rally in the city's Victoria Park.

Demonstrators were expected to take their march east along a main road.

But instead, they went in the opposite direction Protesters say they're making decisions on the fly - a strategy to stay a step ahead of police.

(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) 20-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, INGRID WAN, SAYING: "It's pointless to play hardball with the police because a lot of innocent people were arrested.

But with flash mobs, we can just leave as soon as we meet our goals." As night fell on Sunday, clashes spread across the city.

According to local media, police fired tear gas into a subway station prompting residents to vent their fury.

(SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) RESIDENTS YELLING AT RIOT POLICE (Cantonese): "Can you guys try to be human for one day?

You're behaving like dogs." Protests first kicked off in June as opposition to a bill that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China to stand trial.

But lately, the activists have raised the stakes - stepping up their demands to include greater democracy and an independent investigation into the handling of the protests.

So far, Hong Kong's leaders have failed to find a solution to the crisis Meaning next weekend may end up looking a lot like the last.

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