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Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement grow violent

Updated : 2019-07-22 15:43:20

Clashes involving Hong Kong's protest movement escalated violently late Sunday as police launched tear gas at protesters who didn't disband after a massive march and subway riders were attacked by masked assailants who appeared to target the pro-democracy demonstrators.

Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by what opposition politicians suspected were gang members at a train station on the weekend. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by what opposition politicians suspected were gang members at a train station on the weekend. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
Forty-five people were injured in the violence at the station, with one in critical condition, according to hospital authorities. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
Forty-five people were injured in the violence at the station, with one in critical condition, according to hospital authorities. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
The attack on Sunday came during a night of escalating violence that opened new fronts in Hong Kong's widening political crisis over an extradition bill that could see people sent to China for trial. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
The attack on Sunday came during a night of escalating violence that opened new fronts in Hong Kong's widening political crisis over an extradition bill that could see people sent to China for trial. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)
Thousands of Hong Kong protesters marched from a public park to call for an independent investigation into police tactics. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Thousands of Hong Kong protesters marched from a public park to call for an independent investigation into police tactics. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters in Hong Kong pressed on Sunday past the designated end point for a march in which tens of thousands repeated demands for direct elections in the Chinese territory and an independent investigation into police tactics used in previous demonstrations. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters in Hong Kong pressed on Sunday past the designated end point for a march in which tens of thousands repeated demands for direct elections in the Chinese territory and an independent investigation into police tactics used in previous demonstrations. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Medical workers help a protester in pain from tear gas fired by policemen on a street in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Bobby Yip)
Medical workers help a protester in pain from tear gas fired by policemen on a street in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Bobby Yip)
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in a march Sunday to call for direct elections and an independent investigation into police tactics used during earlier pro-democracy demonstrations. Police waved a black warning flag Sunday night before lobbing the canisters into a crowd of protesters. (AP Photo/Bobby Yip)
Hundreds of thousands of people took part in a march Sunday to call for direct elections and an independent investigation into police tactics used during earlier pro-democracy demonstrations. Police waved a black warning flag Sunday night before lobbing the canisters into a crowd of protesters. (AP Photo/Bobby Yip)
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