HONG KONG, Aug. 26 (Reuters / EP) –
Hong Kong Police have reported Monday that they have arrested at least 36 people, the youngest of 12 years, after violence during anti-government protests increased while protesters threw Molotov cocktails at security forces, which responded with water cannons and tear gas.
The Hong Kong Police said in a statement that six of their agents had to take out their guns and one of them fired a shot in the air as a warning.
“The growing illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, but also bring Hong Kong to the brink of a very dangerous situation,” the government said in a statement.
In the protests of this Sunday there were confrontations between the Police and the protesters, after the violence intensified in mid-June by a now suspended extradition bill that would have allowed sending people from Hong Kong to China to be tried.
Police threw tear gas and water cannons in clashes this Sunday with protesters, who also threw bricks.
The clashes this weekend have marked the return of the riots, after days of quieter demonstrations. Protests have rocked Hong Kong for three months, occasionally causing serious disruptions, including the closure of the airport.