The Latest: Hong Kong police roll out water cannon trucks
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on Hong Kong protests (all times local):
Hong Kong police have rolled out water cannon trucks for the first time in this summer’s pro-democracy protests.
The two trucks moved forward with riot officers Sunday evening as they pushed protesters back along a street in the outlying Tsuen Wan district.
Hong Kong media said that the police tested the cannons earlier on barriers that had been left behind by protesters.
A large group of protesters took over a street after a march, erecting homemade barricades. They put up an initial fight after police fired tear gas at them, but then retreated.
Riot police with the water cannon trucks and a phalanx of police vehicles with flashing lights met little resistance as they advanced up the street.
Hong Kong police have fired tear gas to try to clear a street taken over by protesters.
Police warned Sunday that they would disperse the crowd after protesters built barricades with bamboo poles, traffic cones and other objects at various points.
Protesters responded to the tear gas by throwing objects in the direction of the police.
The skirmish came after a march to a nearby park. Hong Kong media said that people were chanting “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong” at a post-march rally in the park.
Protesters have begun gathering in a steady rain for Hong Kong’s latest pro-democracy march.
A stream of people carrying umbrellas filed into Kwai Chung sports ground on Sunday along one side of the oval track.
The march is in an outlying community in Hong Kong’s New Territories. It is starting near the Kwai Fong rail station that has become a focal point of protesters after police used tear gas in the station earlier this month.
Protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong for more than two months. Their demands include democratic elections in the Chinese territory and an investigation into police use of force to quell the protests.
A large group clashed with police Saturday after a march in the Kowloon Bay neighborhood.