Hong Kong police fire tear gas during mass New Year’s day march

Hong Kong people participate in their annual pro-democracy march on New Year's Day on Jan. 1, 2020. (Photo: AP)

Hong Kong police fired several rounds of tear gas at crowds during a New Year’s day march on Wednesday that has drawn tens of thousands of people, including families with children.

What had been a peaceful march to press authorities for more concessions after more than half a year of protests, deteriorated into tense scenes mid-way during the march, with police firing tear gas to disperse protesters in the Wanchai district.

Frontline protesters quickly formed a line of defense, and some hurled petrol bombs back at police, according to Reuters reporters on the ground.

Hong Kong has been embroiled in more than six months of anti-government protests that have now spilled into 2020, with protesters demands including full democracy and an independent inquiry into allegations of police brutality.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01