In photos: Fire, tear gas and petrol bombs as Hong Kong is gripped by another weekend of chaos

In photos: Fire, tear gas and petrol bombs as Hong Kong is gripped by another weekend of chaos

A protester walks before a barricade they set on fire in the Wan Chai district
Chaos engulfed Hong Kong's financial heart on Aug 31, 2019 as police fired tear gas and water cannon at petrol bomb-throwing protesters, who defied a ban on rallying. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

HONG KONG: Chaos engulfed Hong Kong on Saturday (Aug 31) as police fired tear gas and water cannon at protesters who set large fires and threw petrol bombs, defying a ban on rallying - and mounting threats from China - to take to the streets for a 13th straight weekend.

Rallies started peacefully in the afternoon. Tens of thousands of protesters - many in their signature black T-shirts and under a colourful canopy of umbrellas - defied the order to march, chanting "reclaim Hong Kong, revolution of our times".

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest in Hong Kong
A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest in Hong Kong, China, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Tourists watch from a footbridge as protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong
Tourists watch from a footbridge as protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Tensions rose as the afternoon wore on, as police fired a water cannon and rounds of tear gas to disperse protesters massed in front of the city's parliament.

Hong Kong protester fires a makeshift slingshot
A protester fires a makeshift slingshot near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Hong Kong protester tear gas umbrella
Protesters react after police fired tear gas outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Demonstrators take cover as police fires tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong
Demonstrators take cover as police fires tear gas during a protest in Hong Kong, China, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Hong Kong police fire a water cannon, Aug 31, 2019
Police fire a water cannon outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Philip Fong)

The crowd briefly broke through the barrier outside the building, but were repelled by tear gas and jets of blue-coloured liquid fired from the water cannon. 

Local media reported that the blue spray is aimed to make it easier to identify suspects.

Hong Kong police fire a water cannon at protesters
Police fire a water cannon towards protesters near the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

A protester holds a molotov cocktail outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong
A protester holds a molotov cocktail outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

A demonstrator throws an object during a protest in Hong Kong
A demonstrator throws an object during a protest in Hong Kong, China, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

A Hong Kong protester uses a dish to cover a tear gas canister
A protester uses a dish to cover a tear gas canister in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Philip Fong)

Protesters were in defiant mood throughout Saturday, which marked the fifth anniversary of Beijing's rejection of a call for universal suffrage for Hong Kong that sparked the 79-day "Umbrella Movement" in 2014.

Hong Kong protesters react after police fired tear gas
Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the government headquarters of Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the HK government headquarters
Protesters react after police fired tear gas near the government headquarters of Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

A Hong Kong protester throws a molotov cocktail towards police
A protester throws a molotov cocktail towards police in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Hong Kong protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail
A protester prepares to throw a molotov cocktail towards police in the Admiralty area of Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

Riot police then marched on foot towards the neighbouring Admiralty district, followed by about 20 police cars, where some protesters had thrown fire bombs from flyovers, some landing close to police. Others shone blue and green lasers at police lines.

Medics help a protester after clashes with police in the Amiralty district
Medics help a protester after clashes with police in the Amiralty district in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Anthony Wallace)

A protester uses a slingshot in Causeway Bay, in Hong Kong
A protester uses a slingshot in Causeway Bay, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

Hong Kong police fire tear gas at Causeway Bay
Police fire tear gas at Causeway Bay district in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Philip Fong)

In the evening, violence ricocheted through the city's commercial centre, with a minority of hardcore protesters unleashing a barrage of petrol bombs and rocks at riot police.

A protester walks before a barricade they set on fire in the Wan Chai district in Hong Kong
A protester walks before a barricade they set on fire in the Wan Chai district in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Lilian Suwanrumpha)

Thick, black smoke swirled from a large fire started by masked demonstrators at a barricade on a major thoroughfare, moments from Hong Kong police headquarters. The fire was extinguished after burning for around half an hour.

Protesters Wan Chai barricade fire
Protesters stand near a fire in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

Protesters stand before a barricade they set on fire in the Wan Chai district in Hong Kong
Protesters stand before a barricade they set on fire in the Wan Chai district in Hong Kong, Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

Smoke billows from a barricade that protesters set on fire in the Wan Chai district
Smoke billows from a barricade that protesters set on fire in the Wan Chai district Aug 31, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Lillian Suwanrumpha)

The MTR subway suspended some services and shut station exits amid the protests.

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Source: Agencies/zl

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