Child aged TWELVE is among dozens arrested in latest Hong Kong protests as police open fire with live bullets and Chinese state media warns Beijing ‘has to intervene’ if violence breaks out

Monday, August 26, 2019
By Paul Martin

Hong Kong police arrested 29 people including 12-year-old child after night of violence in Tsuen Wan district
Officers fired a water cannon and a warning shot to fend off ‘extremely violent’ demonstrators during clash
Weekend banished several days of peaceful action and more demonstrations are planned for week ahead

26 August 2019

A 12-year-old child is among dozens of people arrested following another violent weekend in Hong Kong which saw a police officer fire a live round for the first time.

Officers arrested 29 men and seven women, aged 12 to 48, last night for unlawful assembly, possession of weapons and assaulting police.

After the clashes last night and on Saturday, Chinese state media warned Beijing would have to take action and said in a statement ‘if riots happen, the central government has to intervene,’ reports TIME.

Sunday’s violence in the district of Tsuen Wan, around 10 kilometres from the city centre, was some of the worst in twelve weeks of political unrest.

Hong Kong police said they were forced to fire a water cannon and a warning shot to fend off ‘extremely violent’ demonstrators during clashes at pro-democracy rallies.

As night fell, a group of officers were cornered by protesters armed with bricks and other weapons, Hong Kong police said in a statement today.

When one officer fell to the ground under a barrage of blows, and ‘facing threats to life’, six others drew their sidearms and one ‘fired a warning shot into the sky’, it said.

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