Hong Kong police use tougher tactics against protesters
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Hong Kong police use tougher tactics against protesters

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, June 12, 2019, a policeman fires with a pepper ball gun towards protesters near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong. Hong Kong police have resorted to harsher-than-usual tactics to suppress protesters this week in the city’s most violent turmoil in decades. Police fired rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the crowds, weapons that have not been widely used in recent history. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

Hong Kong police have resorted to harsher-than-usual tactics to suppress protesters this week in the city’s most violent turmoil in decades.

Police fired rubber bullets and beanbag rounds at the crowds, weapons that have not been widely used in recent history.

Human rights groups criticized the tough tactics, while police said they were necessary against crowds of people who broke through barriers outside government headquarters and the legislature on Wednesday.

Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority said the clashes left 79 people injured. It did not provide a breakdown between police and protesters.

Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press


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