A woman holds a placard that reads "Corrupt police return eyes to the victims" as demonstrators march in the rain in Hong Kong, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019. Umbrella-carrying protesters took to the streets in the rain Sunday in Hong Kong's latest pro-democracy demonstration, one day after the return of clashes with police who used tear gas to disperse them. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong protesters march in rain to demand democracy

August 25, 2019 - 5:18 am

HONG KONG (AP) — Tens of thousands of umbrella-carrying protesters marched in the rain on Sunday in Hong Kong's latest pro-democracy demonstration, one day after the return of clashes with police who used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

The march in an outlying community in Hong Kong's New Territories started near the Kwai Fong rail station, which has become a focal point of protesters after police used tear gas in the station earlier this month. Police with riot gear could be seen moving into position along the march route.

Protesters have taken to the semiautonomous Chinese territory's streets for more than two months. Their demands include democratic elections and an investigation into police use of force to quell the protests.

A large group clashed with police Saturday after a march in the Kowloon Bay neighborhood, building barricades and setting fires in the streets. Police said they arrested 29 people, ranging from 17 to 52 years old, for various offenses, including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.

The clashes, while not as prolonged or violent as some earlier ones, ended a brief lull in the violence. The protests had turned largely peaceful the previous weekend, after weeks of escalating violence.

In nearby Macao, another Chinese territory, a pro-Beijing committee chose a businessman as the gambling hub's next leader with little of the controversy surrounding the government in Hong Kong.

Ho Iat-seng, running unopposed, will succeed current leader Chui Sai-on in December. Asked about the protests in Hong Kong, the 62-year-old Ho said they would end eventually, like a major typhoon.

Protesters in Hong Kong have demanded that the city's leader, Carrie Lam, also chosen by a pro-Beijing committee, step down, though that demand has evolved into a broader call for fully democratic elections.

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