By Rachel Frazin, The Hill, August 2019
Police in Hong Kong fired tear gas at protesters Saturday after a period of nonviolence during weeks of pro-democracy protests.
Police said in a statement that officers “deployed tear gas and minimum force” to disperse protesters after some aimed laser beams at officers and hurled bricks at police lines. Authorities also said they used tear gas and minimum force after protesters hurled bricks at officers and started fires.
“Such acts pose a serious threat to the citizens and officers on the scene,” said the statement about the bricks and laser beams.
Protesters were also accused of vandalizing government property, destroying lampposts and setting up barricades that affected traffic and emergency services.
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