A tide of democracy activists has once more taken to the streets of Hong Kong, Sunday August 18th, to show the city's leaders that their movement still has wide public support, despite mounting violence, and increasingly stark warnings being made by Beijing.
Three months of demonstrations have pulled one of the world’s financial hubs into crisis, with images of masked protesters, engulfed by tear gas, during street battles against riot police, AFP has reported.
Mainland China has taken an increasingly hard-line tone towards the protesters, decrying what they regard as "terrorist-like" actions, of a violent hard-core minority among the demonstrators.
The movement has won few concessions from Beijing, or the city's unelected leadership, despite the near-nightly clashes with police.
The spiralling violence, which last week saw protesters paralyse the city's airport, has tarnished a campaign that had taken pride in its peaceful intent and unpredictability, which demonstrators have tagged with the slogan 'Be Water.'
Organisers of Sunday August 18th rally, which started at the city's Victoria Park, said it was an attempt to wrestle the narrative of the protest back to its peaceful origins.