Tens of thousands of protesters faced off against riot police in several districts on Saturday afternoon after the force banned a large-scale march proposed by the Civic Human Rights Front.

The central government Liaison Office in Sai Ying Pun. Photo: Asia Times
Southorn Playground in Wan Chai Photo: Asia Times

As the central government’s Liaison Office in Sai Ying Pun was heavily guarded by the police, anti-extradition protesters gathered in Southorn Playground from noon, chanting slogans including “Hong Kong people, add oil!” and “Five demands must be met!”

The five demands include – the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, the withdrawal of “riot” charges laid against people who took part in protests on June 12, the establishment of an independent probe into events during the three months of protests and the release of all arrested protesters and the implementation of universal suffrage.

A man waves a Hong Kong Independence flag. Photo: Asia Times
Protesters occupy main roads in Admiralty, Central and Sheung Wan. Photo: Asia Times

Protesters occupied main roads in Admiralty, Central and Sheung Wan. But they decided not to clash with riot police in Sai Ying Pun. At 4pm, they started returning to Central and Admiralty.

Protesters gather in Sheung Wan. Photo: Asia Times
At 4pm, protesters decide to return to Admiralty. Photo: Asia Times
An agressive man tries to interefere with the protests. A helicopter (right) monitors the crowd. Photo: Asia Times
Protesters show a #Chinazi flag. Photo: Asia Times
Another flag shows “Trust the Chinese Communist Party? Seriously?” Photo: Asia Times
Some protesters hold the American flag, urging the US Congress to reintroduce the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. Photo: Asia Times
Protesters in Admiralty Photo: Asia Times
Protesters in Admiralty Photo: Asia Times
Police fire tear gas at protesters in Admiralty. Photo: Asia Times
Protesters throw gas bombs over the police barricades. Photo: Asia Times
Protesters pour water on to a tear gas canister. Photo: Asia Times
Protesters hold their ground in the face of  tear gas. Photo: Asia Times
A foreign reporter gives a live report in Admiralty. Photo: Asia Times
In the evening, protesters leave Admiralty and head to Causeway Bay. Photo: Asia Times

At around 6:30pm, protesters started leaving Admiralty for Causeway Bay. As the police regained the control of the key roads near the government headquarters in Admiralty, clashes between protesters and riot police continued in Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui and Mong Kok in the evening. The MTR shut down stations in Admiralty, Wan Chai, Sai Ying Pun and Jordan for “safety reasons.”

Riot police. Photo: Asia Times
Riot police in Admiralty. Photo: Asia Times

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