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Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Protesters use umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas fired by policemen as they face off on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Hong Kong police fire tear gas at protesters in Sai Wan, Hong Kong, on Sunday, July 28. For the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.
Protesters use umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas as they face off with riot policemen on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
A protester throws a tear gas canister which was fired by police as they face off with riot police on streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.(AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters carry umbrellas and home-made shields as they face off with riot policemen on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. Police launched tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long anti-government and pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters use umbrellas and barricades as they prepare to face with policemen on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters carry U.S. flags and placards during a protest march in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
The Chinese National Emblem is covered by a protection layer at the Chinese Liaison Office as protesters face off with policemen on a streets in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters use umbrellas to cover themselves as they set up barricades during a march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters distribute umbrellas to take part in a march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters take part in a march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters use umbrellas to cover themselves as they set up barricades during a march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters cheer a colleague wearing a full protection gear as they take part in a march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters carry placards during a protest march in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Protesters take part in a march on a street in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 28, 2019. A sea of black-shirted protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks but many with just backpacks, marched down a major street in central Hong Kong on Sunday in the latest rally in what has become a summer of protest. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
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HONG KONG (AP):

Police fired tear gas at ­protesters in Hong Kong yesterday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

Protesters occupied two areas at opposite ends of central Hong Kong following a mid-afternoon rally against police use of tear gas the previous Sunday.

As night fell, one group that had blocked a road near the Chinese government’s liaison office began to move forward. The police issued warnings, and protesters were seen throwing eggs at them. Officers fired tear gas to halt the advance.

Protesters had rallied earlier at a park in Hong Kong’s ­financial ­district before marching out in ­several directions despite not winning police approval for a ­public procession. It was the ­second straight day that protesters took to the streets ­without official permission.

A sea of black-shirted ­protesters, some with bright yellow helmets and masks, but many with just backpacks, streamed out of Chater Garden park. Chanting “Add oil,” a phrase that roughly means “Keep up the fight,” a huge crowd marched east down a wide ­thoroughfare, in what has become a summer of protest in the city.

They stopped near the Sogo department store and set up barricades to block off the area and defend it against police.