Photos: Protests rock Hong Kong as China celebrates its 70th anniversary

Hong Kong police shot a pro-democracy protester yesterday as the city was lashed by its worst unrest of the year, hours after China celebrated 70 years of Communist Party rule with a massive military parade. While President Xi Jinping took salutes from some 15,000 troops in the capital, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong threw eggs at his portrait, with tens of thousands of people defying police orders to disperse. Hospital authorities said more than 70 people were admitted on Tuesday. Police made some 160 arrests throughout the day.

Updated On Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST
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Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) makes a toast after delivering his speech at a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. On the other hand, a demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during a protest in the Central district of Hong Kong, presenting a stark contrast to the grand celebrations in Beijing. (AP and Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Chinese President Xi Jinping (left) makes a toast after delivering his speech at a dinner marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. On the other hand, a demonstrator throws back a tear gas canister during a protest in the Central district of Hong Kong, presenting a stark contrast to the grand celebrations in Beijing. (AP and Eduardo Leal/Bloomberg)

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An anti-government protester steps on pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Sham Shui Po district, on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, China. While Xi took salutes from some 15,000 troops in the capital, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong threw eggs at his portrait, with tens of thousands of people defying police orders to disperse. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

An anti-government protester steps on pictures of Chinese President Xi Jinping in Sham Shui Po district, on China’s National Day in Hong Kong, China. While Xi took salutes from some 15,000 troops in the capital, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong threw eggs at his portrait, with tens of thousands of people defying police orders to disperse. (Athit Perawongmetha / REUTERS)

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A float for Hong Kong takes part in a parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing. A colourful parade with 70 floats and 1,00,000 participants highlighting communist China's achievements followed a military parade in Beijing on the occasion. (Ng Han Guan / AP)
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A float for Hong Kong takes part in a parade for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing. A colourful parade with 70 floats and 1,00,000 participants highlighting communist China's achievements followed a military parade in Beijing on the occasion. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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A protester removes the signage celebrating the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding from a footbridge during a rally in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong police shot a pro-democracy protester yesterday as the city was lashed by its worst unrest of the year. This was the first such incident in nearly four months of increasingly violent protests and threatened to strip the spotlight from China’s carefully choreographed birthday party. (Anthony Wallace / AFP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

A protester removes the signage celebrating the 70th anniversary of communist China’s founding from a footbridge during a rally in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong police shot a pro-democracy protester yesterday as the city was lashed by its worst unrest of the year. This was the first such incident in nearly four months of increasingly violent protests and threatened to strip the spotlight from China’s carefully choreographed birthday party. (Anthony Wallace / AFP)

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People take part in a march in the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong. Running battles raged for hours across multiple locations, with some hardcore protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, while police responded for the most part with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. (Mohd Rasfan / AFP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

People take part in a march in the Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong. Running battles raged for hours across multiple locations, with some hardcore protesters hurling rocks and petrol bombs, while police responded for the most part with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon. (Mohd Rasfan / AFP)

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Helicopters fly over with displaying the flag of China, right, and the flag of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong while the celebration of the People's Republic's 70th anniversary is taking place in Beijing. Police warned of the potential for protesters to engage in violence "one step closer to terrorism" during the week's National Day events, an assertion ridiculed by activists as propaganda meant to scare people from taking to the streets. (Vincent Thian / AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Helicopters fly over with displaying the flag of China, right, and the flag of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong while the celebration of the People's Republic's 70th anniversary is taking place in Beijing. Police warned of the potential for protesters to engage in violence "one step closer to terrorism" during the week's National Day events, an assertion ridiculed by activists as propaganda meant to scare people from taking to the streets. (Vincent Thian / AP)

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A group of people call on Britain to put pressure on Beijing during a protest outside the British consulate in Hong Kong. Former colonial ruler Britain, who handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, decried the use of live ammunition as “disproportionate”. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that “it only risks inflaming the situation”. (Mohd Rasfan / AFP)
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A group of people call on Britain to put pressure on Beijing during a protest outside the British consulate in Hong Kong. Former colonial ruler Britain, who handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, decried the use of live ammunition as “disproportionate”. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that “it only risks inflaming the situation”. (Mohd Rasfan / AFP)

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Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The event was meant to showcase China’s journey from a poor nation broken by war to the world’s second largest economy. Xi, who wore the distinctive “Mao suit”, delivered a speech invoking the “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation -- his grand vision of restoring the country to perceived past glory. (Greg Baker / AFP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Chinese troops march during a military parade in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The event was meant to showcase China’s journey from a poor nation broken by war to the world’s second largest economy. Xi, who wore the distinctive “Mao suit”, delivered a speech invoking the “Chinese dream” of national rejuvenation -- his grand vision of restoring the country to perceived past glory. (Greg Baker / AFP)

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Hong Kong police use pepper-spray as a fight breaks out between pro-democracy protesters who were carrying a mock coffin and another man early morning in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong. The unrest in Hong Kong illustrated the challenges faced by China, which is also contending with US trade war negotiations. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Hong Kong police use pepper-spray as a fight breaks out between pro-democracy protesters who were carrying a mock coffin and another man early morning in the Wanchai district in Hong Kong. The unrest in Hong Kong illustrated the challenges faced by China, which is also contending with US trade war negotiations. (Nicolas Asfouri / AFP)

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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam arrives before the military parade in Beijing. Lam attended Tuesday's parade in Beijing, accompanied by dozens of Hong Kong officials and dignitaries in a show of unity with the ruling party. (Sheng Jiapeng / REUTERS)
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Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam arrives before the military parade in Beijing. Lam attended Tuesday's parade in Beijing, accompanied by dozens of Hong Kong officials and dignitaries in a show of unity with the ruling party. (Sheng Jiapeng / REUTERS)

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A pedestrian walks past posters with photographs of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam demanding official investigation. Hong Kong’s protests were ignited by a now-scrapped plan to allow extraditions to the mainland. But after Beijing and local leaders took a hardline they snowballed into a wider movement calling for democratic freedoms and police accountability. With Lam seemingly unwilling or unable to find a solution, police have been left to battle the protesters. (Vincent Thian / AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

A pedestrian walks past posters with photographs of Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam demanding official investigation. Hong Kong’s protests were ignited by a now-scrapped plan to allow extraditions to the mainland. But after Beijing and local leaders took a hardline they snowballed into a wider movement calling for democratic freedoms and police accountability. With Lam seemingly unwilling or unable to find a solution, police have been left to battle the protesters. (Vincent Thian / AP)

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An anti-government protester walks in front of graffiti during a demonstration in Sha Tin district, in Hong Kong. The unrest in Hong Kong illustrated the challenges faced by China, which is also contending with US trade war negotiations. Despite increasing levels of violence, there is still huge public support for a movement that presents the most serious threat to Beijing’s rule since the 1997 handover. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

An anti-government protester walks in front of graffiti during a demonstration in Sha Tin district, in Hong Kong. The unrest in Hong Kong illustrated the challenges faced by China, which is also contending with US trade war negotiations. Despite increasing levels of violence, there is still huge public support for a movement that presents the most serious threat to Beijing’s rule since the 1997 handover. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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Military helicopters fly over the Central Business District in the formation of the number "70" during the military parade. “There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi said from the Tiananmen rostrum where Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. (REUTERS)
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Military helicopters fly over the Central Business District in the formation of the number "70" during the military parade. “There is no force that can shake the foundation of this great nation,” Xi said from the Tiananmen rostrum where Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. (REUTERS)

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Police fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. Police said 25 officers were injured in the National Day clashes, including some who suffered chemical burns from a corrosive liquid that was thrown at them by protesters. The liquid also wounded some journalists. (AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Police fire tear gas to disperse anti-government protesters in Hong Kong. Police said 25 officers were injured in the National Day clashes, including some who suffered chemical burns from a corrosive liquid that was thrown at them by protesters. The liquid also wounded some journalists. (AP)

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Demonstrators throw petrol bombs towards riot police during a protest in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. Hospital authorities said more than 70 people were admitted on Tuesday. Police made some 160 arrests throughout the day. On Wednesday, 96 protesters arrested during clashes with police on Sunday appeared in court charged with rioting, according to court documents. Their ages ranged from 14 to 39. (Chan Long Hei / Bloomberg)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Demonstrators throw petrol bombs towards riot police during a protest in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. Hospital authorities said more than 70 people were admitted on Tuesday. Police made some 160 arrests throughout the day. On Wednesday, 96 protesters arrested during clashes with police on Sunday appeared in court charged with rioting, according to court documents. Their ages ranged from 14 to 39. (Chan Long Hei / Bloomberg)

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Members of a Chinese military honour guard stand at attention during a rehearsal before the parade in Beijing. In his speech, Xi said China “must adhere” to the one country, two systems policy governing Hong Kong and “maintain the long-term prosperity and stability” of the city. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP)
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Members of a Chinese military honour guard stand at attention during a rehearsal before the parade in Beijing. In his speech, Xi said China “must adhere” to the one country, two systems policy governing Hong Kong and “maintain the long-term prosperity and stability” of the city. (Mark Schiefelbein / AP)

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Police detain an anti-government protester in Hong Kong. On Wednesday, hundreds of Hong Kongers staged a sit-in outside the school of Tsang Chi-kin, an 18-year-old protester who was shot by the police. Police said the officer feared for his life on a day that saw his colleagues fire five warning shots from their pistols throughout the city. “In this very short span of time, he made a decision and shot the assailant,” police chief Stephen Lo said. (AP)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Police detain an anti-government protester in Hong Kong. On Wednesday, hundreds of Hong Kongers staged a sit-in outside the school of Tsang Chi-kin, an 18-year-old protester who was shot by the police. Police said the officer feared for his life on a day that saw his colleagues fire five warning shots from their pistols throughout the city. “In this very short span of time, he made a decision and shot the assailant,” police chief Stephen Lo said. (AP)

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People sit on a wall watching a screen broadcasting the military parade for the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in Beijing. The Communist Party has repeatedly defied the odds to remain in power for seven decades. Under Mao, tens of millions of people died during the disastrous Great Leap Forward, and the country was plunged into violent chaos during the decade-long Cultural Revolution. (Giulia Marchi / Bloomberg)
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People sit on a wall watching a screen broadcasting the military parade for the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China in Beijing. The Communist Party has repeatedly defied the odds to remain in power for seven decades. Under Mao, tens of millions of people died during the disastrous Great Leap Forward, and the country was plunged into violent chaos during the decade-long Cultural Revolution. (Giulia Marchi / Bloomberg)

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Fires are seen at Tai Wai Station during an anti-government demonstration in Hong Kong. Tsang, who was filmed trying to strike the officer with a pole as he was shot, was taken to a nearby hospital in a critical condition but authorities said his condition had since improved. “According to the latest information of the Hospital Authority, the current condition of the man is stable,” the government said in a statement. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

Fires are seen at Tai Wai Station during an anti-government demonstration in Hong Kong. Tsang, who was filmed trying to strike the officer with a pole as he was shot, was taken to a nearby hospital in a critical condition but authorities said his condition had since improved. “According to the latest information of the Hospital Authority, the current condition of the man is stable,” the government said in a statement. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS)

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The number "70" formed by fireworks is seen in the sky over Tiananmen Square during an evening gala in Beijing. After Mao’s death in 1976, the party launched the reform and opening-up policy under paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, starting decades of breakneck growth and development. But the party retained a stranglehold on power, sending troops to end the biggest challenge to its rule in 1989 when pro-democracy protesters occupied Tiananmen Square. (REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 02, 2019 02:40 PM IST

The number "70" formed by fireworks is seen in the sky over Tiananmen Square during an evening gala in Beijing. After Mao’s death in 1976, the party launched the reform and opening-up policy under paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, starting decades of breakneck growth and development. But the party retained a stranglehold on power, sending troops to end the biggest challenge to its rule in 1989 when pro-democracy protesters occupied Tiananmen Square. (REUTERS)

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