Pro-democracy protests expand in Hong Kong after police use tear gas

Global News

WATCH: Protests have been building over recent weeks against the Chinese government’s control over Hong Kong’s elections. Today thousands of protesters turned out in Central Hong Kong to protest. Mike Armstrong reports.

HONG KONG – Pro-democracy protests expanded in Hong Kong on Monday, a day after demonstrators upset over Beijing’s decision to limit political reforms defied onslaughts of tear gas and appeals from Hong Kong’s top leader to go home.

And with rumours swirling, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying reassured the public that speculation that the Chinese army might intervene was untrue.

“I hope the public will keep calm. Don’t be misled by the rumours. Police will strive to maintain social order, including ensuring smooth traffic and ensuring the public safety,” said the Beijing-backed Leung, who is deeply unpopular. He added, “When they carry out their duties, they will use their maximum discretion.”

WATCH: Hong Kong police used tear gas…

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