Hong Kong protest suddenly turns chaotic


HONG KONG — A protest at a Hong Kong subway station suddenly escalated into a chaotic free-for-all on Wednesday night, with masked demonstrators bracing for a confrontation with police.Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters had gathered for a sit-in at the Yuen Long MTR station, marking the one-month anniversary of a violent July 21 incident when peaceful demonstrators, wearing black, were attacked by mobs that were dressed in white and linked to local organized crime.The protesters on Wednesday night observed a moment of silence at the station, in the New Territories of northwest Hong Kong.Then with no warning, some began overturning trash cans and carts, using them to build makeshift barricades in anticipation of a confrontation with police.Many of the demonstrators carried umbrellas, which have become both a symbolic and practical tool of protesters — who use them to block tear gas or attacks from club-wielding police.Hong Kong has been roiled by weeks of protests by demonstrators demanding greater democracy in the semi-autonomous city that had been under British rule until it was handed over to the People’s Republic of China in 1997.This is a developing story, check back for updates.Janis Mackey Frayer reported from Hong Kong and David K. Li from New York Janis Mackey FrayerJanis Mackey Frayer is a Beijing-based correspondent for NBC News.David K. LiDavid K. Li is a breaking news reporter for NBC News.

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