October 4, 2019 / 2:18 PM / 19 days ago

Hong Kong police fire tear gas hours after government imposes emergency laws

(Reuters) - Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in the New Territories district of Sha Tin on Friday, hours after the government imposed emergency laws designed to quell violent unrest that has roiled the city for four months.

Hong Kong’s embattled leader Carrie Lam invoked colonial-era emergency powers for the first time in more than 50 years in a dramatic move that enraged protesters who took to the streets of the Chinese-ruled city within hours.

Reporting By Joyce Zhou, Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Hugh Lawson

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