Hong Kong: police fire teargas as thousands march in Yuen Long

Activists had defied police ban to stage protest at site where attacks took place last weekend

Hong Kong riot police have fired teargas and pepper spray on hundreds of protesters after hours of standoffs at several locations across the rural town of Yuen Long, where suspected gang members attacked commuters with poles and rods last weekend.

Thousands had marched in the area earlier on Saturday afternoon in defiance of police, who had banned the demonstration. Marchers said they had come to condemn the use of violence last Sunday to intimidate people into staying silent.

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