According to Hong Kong police 36 people were arrested, the youngest of whom was 12 years old, since brutality during anti-government protests intensified when demonstrators threw Molotov cocktails into police the latter responding with water cannons and tear gas.
Sunday's demonstrations witnessed the most brutal conflicts between police and protesters, as demonstrations intensified in mid-June due to the currently suspended deportation law that would allow Hong Kong citizens to go to mainland China for trial.
On Sunday, police opened fire from water cannons and volleys of tear gas during battles with demonstrators throwing bricks on the second day of brutal conflicts in a Chinese-controlled city.
Police released a report, according to which six officers pulled out their pistols, and one of them shot an alert shot into the air.
“The escalating illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, they also push Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation,” the government said in a statement.
Additional demonstrations are intended in the coming days and weeks, involving a rally at Cathay Pacific Airways headquarters (0293.HK) in Hong Kong to protest the alleged “white terror," a usual phrase for describing unnamed actions that make an atmosphere of terror.
Cathay became the largest corporate victim of protests after China required a suspension of staff participating in or supporting anti-government protests that dropped the former British colony into a political contingency.
Protests have also been a serious public problem for Chinese President Xi Jinping since he came to power in 2012, when Beijing has sought to suppress disorder ahead of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1.
On Sunday evening, the demonstrators again used the “cat and mouse” strategy, quickly moving to places through the former British colony, where they established barriers to obstruct some roads, after a mostly tranquil rally at the beginning of the day.
According to police, 29 men and seven women aged 12 to 48 years were arrested for crimes, involving illegal assembly, ownership of assault weapons and attacks on police officers.
Demonstrators say they are struggling with the destruction of the “one country, two systems” agreement, according to which Hong Kong returned to China with the promise of preserving freedom that was not used on the mainland for 50 years.
Protests damage a semi-autonomous Chinese city where hotels and restaurants are half empty and several international events have been delayed.
The Hong Kong Hang Seng Index .HSI fell more than 3% on Monday early, outpacing the fall in regional markets as the last volley in the US-US trade war shocked investors.