Hong Kong protesters march in rain to demand democracy

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Hong Kong protesters march in rain to demand democracy
People carrying umbrellas in the rain hold placards reading "The duty fulfilled by the police belong to the people" as they take part in a rally to support the Hong Kong's Police at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

HONG KONG (AP) — Umbrella-carrying protesters took to the streets in the rain Sunday in Hong Kong’s latest pro-democracy demonstration, one day after the return of clashes with police who used tear gas to disperse them.

The march in an outlying community in Hong Kong’s New Territories started near the Kwai Fong rail station, which has become a focal point of protesters after police used tear gas in the station earlier this month. Police with riot gear could be seen moving into position along the march route.

Protesters have taken to the streets of Hong Kong for more than two months. Their five 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, building barricades and setting fires in the streets. Police said they arrested 29 people, from 17 to 52 years old, for various offenses, including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.

The clashes, while not as prolonged or violent as some earlier ones, ended a lull in the violence. The protests had turned largely peaceful the previous weekend, after weeks of escalating violence.