Police fire tear gas, rubber bullets at Hong Kongers

Hong Kong, July 27 

The Hong Kong police fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday at protesters holding a banned rally against suspected triad gangs who beat up pro-democracy demonstrators near the Chinese border last weekend, tipping the finance hub further into chaos.

Riot police used tear gas throughout the afternoon and evening in Yuen Long, a town close to the border, after tense standoffs with protesters, some of whom were throwing projectiles and had surrounded a police van.

Hospital authorities said nine persons were injured, with five in a serious condition, as rubber bullets were fired later in the evening to disperse remaining protesters.

Public anger has been raging since last Sunday when a gang of men in white T-shirts, armed with poles and batons, set upon anti-government protesters and bystanders in Yuen Long station. That brazen assault  marked an escalation of seven weeks of unprecedented political violence. — AFP