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Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong's economic growth under fire from ongoing clashes

Spiraling violence threatens city's status as tourism and finance hub

Protesters block off a road in Hong Kong,  Aug. 4. Some 150,000 people participated in demonstrations Sunday.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Protests that began here against an extradition bill are turning increasingly violent, a result of a cycle of growing distrust as the police ramp up their crackdown, prompting protesters to fight back.

Some 150,000 people participated in demonstrations Sunday in the New Territories, one of the city's main areas, according to the organizers. Afterward, some young people broke windows in a police building by throwing bricks, and the police fired tear gas to disperse them. Some of the protesters then moved to Causeway Bay, a shopping district popular with tourists, and occupied the streets, leading to violent clashes with the police.

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