Aug 25, 2019

G7 summit: French police use tear gas and water cannon on protesters

A protester throws a canister back toward French security personnel during a rally in Bayonne, southwest France, Saturday. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Authorities detained 68 people Saturday night after a mostly peaceful protest involving about 400 people in Bayonne, France, near the G7 summit, AP reports. A small group clashed with police, who used tear gas, a water cannon and dispersion grenades on them, AP notes.

The big picture: Earlier Saturday, thousands of anti-globalization and environmental activists joined protesters belonging to France's Yellow Vest (Gilet Jaunes) and Basque separatist movements on Saturday for a peaceful march near Biarritz, where the summit is taking place this weekend, to demand action from G7 leaders, per Euronews.

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Hong Kong clashes: Police use water cannon and fire gun for first time

Protesters attempt to put off a tear gas canister during a clash with police in Wong Tai Sin district. Photo: Anthony Kwan/Getty Images

Hong Kong police said Monday a 12-year-old was among 36 people arrested after anti-government demonstrations erupted into street clashes with authorities, who used a water cannon, tear gas and fired a waring shot into the sky, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: What began 12 weeks ago as a rally against a bill proposing to extradite Hong Kongers to mainland China has become a massive anti-government demonstration, as protesters rally to defend the high degree of autonomy they've had since the former British colony was returned to China in 1997.

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Hong Kong protesters ignore government ban in 13th weekend of protests

Protesters gather in the bus terminal at Hong Kong International Airport on Sunday. Photo: Lillian Suwanprumpha/AFP/Getty Images)

Protesters blocked roads with burning barricades near Hong Kong International Airport and damaged a train station, AP reports. It followed a night of running battles between police and activists in Hong Kong's 13th weekend of pro-democracy protests.

Why it matters: Hong Kong is embroiled in the worst political crisis to hit the former British colony since it was returned to Chinese control in 1997. Protesters are rallying despite authorities issuing a ban on Hong Kongers gathering near central government offices. The airport has been off-limits to protesters since mid-August, when activists clashed with police while occupying the main terminal, the New York Times notes.

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Hong Kong bans weekend protest as prominent activists face charges

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Hong Kong's government refused Friday to grant permission for a major protest march to take place over the weekend while two prominent activists, including Joshua Wong, were also charged for their participation in a June protest, per the AP.

Why it matters: The twin moves, which authorities claim are linked to violence and unrest at earlier demonstrations, indicate that Hong Kong may be taking a "harder line on this summer's protests," according to the AP. The planned march was meant to mark the fifth anniversary of China's decision not to allow fully democratic elections for Hong Kong's leader, though it is still unclear if some protestors may still take to the streets on their own.

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