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Hong Kong Pro-democracy activists plan for rally after another weekend of unrest

After another weekend of unrest in Chinese-ruled city Hong Kong, pro-democracy activists have planned to launch a rally against the government on Monday evening. The weekend’s clash between Protesters and Police involved protesters throwing petrol bombs while police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets.

Activists said they planned to gather at Chater Garden in Admiralty district near government headquarters at 1100 GMT, a day after demonstrators rampaged across the territory.

The chaos took place after peaceful rallies turned into clashes between Hong Kong Police and protesters across the Asian financial hub, resulting into violence and chaotic scenarios.

One of the police officers was reported to sustain a slash in the neck by a protester and taken to hospital while Demonstrators in the New Territories district of Tseung Kwan O attacked two plain clothed officers who they hit repeatedly on the head with hard objects, police said. The officers were taken to hospital with head injuries.

Protesters hurled petrol bombs at a police station in the gritty working class district of Mong Kok across the harbor in Kowloon, vandalized metro stations as well as mainland Chinese businesses or those deemed pro-Beijing.

The ongoing chaos in Hong Kong, which entertains a freedom provided by the agreement under “One country, two systems” signed between former colonial Britain and China in 1997, was triggered by a now-withdrawn Extradition bill.

City Chief Executive Carrie Lam is due to deliver her annual Policy Address on Wednesday amid pressure to restore confidence in the government as it grapples with the city’s biggest political crisis in decades.

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