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Riot police fire teargas at Hong Kong protesters as unrest escalates

Two 13-year-olds arrested after authorities condemn ‘radicals’ and vow to restore order across city

Hong Kong riot police have fired teargas, sponge rounds and arrested a number of protesters, including two 13-year-olds, as peaceful demonstrations in several districts turned ugly at the end of the 15th week of unrest in the city’s drawn-out political crisis.

The police-sanctioned demonstration attended by thousands in Tuen Mun on Saturday afternoon was initially peaceful but later erupted into violent conflicts between protesters and riot police armed with teargas, pepper spray and shields.

Police moved in to dismantle makeshift barricades set up by demonstrators, while protesters retaliated by throwing petrol bombs and setting some of the barricades on fire.

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