On Monday, Hong Kong’s metro stations and roads reopened after a chaotic weekend that noticed police fire water cannon, tears gas and rubber-coated bullets at protesters who set fires and threw petrol bombs outside government offices and throughout central districts.
Former British colony residents awoke to roads, storefronts and buildings throughout the financial center daubed in graffiti, windows in government buildings smashed and parts of pavements uprooted by protesters.
Most shops, restaurants, and cafes stretching from the main Central business district to the bustling tourist place of Causeway Bay closed early on Sunday as police and demonstrators faced-off in generally violent clashes into the night.
The Chinese territory stays on edge within the run-up to the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic on October 1, with authorities desperate to avoid scenes that might embarrass the central government in Beijing and activists planning mass protests.
In some of the worst and most widespread violence in more than three months of anti-government unrest, demonstrators marked the fifth anniversary on Saturday of the beginning of the “Umbrella” protests, a series of pro-democracy rallies that ultimately failed to wrestle concessions from Beijing.