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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong police shoot water cannon as protesters set fires

Arrests of prominent activists seen as fuel for demonstrators

A demonstrator stands next to a burning barricade during a protest in Hong Kong on Aug. 31.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Hong Kong police deployed water cannon and tear gas near the city's government headquarters Saturday as protesters held demonstrations for a 13th straight weekend, which many believe were fueled by the arrests of prominent pro-democracy activists the day before.

Police fired several rounds of tear gas and pepper spray near the city's legislative building as protesters hurled eggs and bricks at officers. The violence escalated quickly after protesters threw a petrol bomb, prompting police to use water cannon with blue dye.

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