Police fire tear gas as anti-government protests intensify in Hong Kong

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    Anti-government demonstrations have intensified in Hong Kong for yet another weekend forcing an aggressive response from police who fired tear gas at protesters today. 

    Reports indicate the crowds were mostly young people outside a police station in the district of Sham Shui Po while in nearby Cheung Sha Wan, protesters threw objects at officers.

    The action followed a day of marches by demonstrators of all ages as increasingly violent protests since June have plunged Hong Kong into its most serious crisis in decades, and pose a challenge to the central government in Beijing.

    Chants of “Liberate Hong Kong” had earlier echoed through the streets when more than a thousand black-shirted protesters marched, some with their pets, amid a carnival atmosphere.