Strife-torn Hong Kong today marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China with defiant 'Day of Grief' protests.
Fresh clashes occurred between pro-democracy activists and police after demonstrators ignored a ban on marches and took to the streets anyway while Beijing celebrated the National Day with a grand military parade.
Protesters https://twitter.com/antd/status/1178926474536992768 throwing eggs at President Xi's portrait outside a sports ground in Wan Chai while police fired tear gas in multiple areas during scuffles. Some activists were also seen burning a Chinese national flag.
Social media footage shows protesters pelting a portrait of China's President Xi Jinping with eggs in Hong Kong on Tuesday
People take part in a march in the Causeway Bay in Hong Kong on Tuesday as the city defies Beijing's National Day festivities
Protesters burn a Chinese national flag during a march through the streets of Hong Kong to voice their anger towards Beijing
An anti-government protester tosses back a tear gas grenade during clashes with police after defying a ban to demonstrate
Ceremonial 'joss paper' used in memory of those who died for democracy flutters around a protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask during a demonstration in the Sham Shui Po on Tuesday. Hong Kong protesters have called today the 'Day of Grief'
Chinese President Xi waves from a vehicle as he reviews the troops at a military parade celebrating the 70th National Day
A women militia formation takes part in a military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of Communist China in Beijing
Activists are determined to overshadow Beijing's festivities, using the anniversary to step up their nearly four months of protests pushing for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.
Thousands marched through the streets of Hong Kong island this afternoon, despite authorities rejecting an application to hold a rally there as police warned people 'to leave the scene as soon as possible'.
Demonstrators chanted slogans including 'fight for freedom, stand with hong kong' and some donned the Guy Fawkes masks as a symbol of defiance against the government.
Smaller crowds rallied in a number of other districts with clashes quickly breaking out.
Hong Kong police use pepper-spray during a clash with pro-democracy protesters who were carrying a mock coffin
Police fire tear gas at anti-government protesters at Sha Tin after activists participated in a banned march on Tuesday
Police fire tear gear to disperse protesters in Tsuen Wan district during a rally that has marred China's 70th National Day
Battles between hundreds of black-clad protesters and police occurred in multiple locations, turning streets into battlefields
In Tsuen Wan, masked protesters used umbrellas and sticks to beat riot officers after they made a series of arrests. The officers retreated into a nearby town hall after they came under a barrage of projectiles.
In Wong Tai Sin, police fired brief volleys of tear gas against protesters who had blocked nearby roads.
The biggest march remained on Hong Kong island, a frequent battlefield between police and protesters where multiple malls and shops remained shuttered for the public holiday.
'Three months on and our five demands have yet to be achieved. We need to continue our fight,' a protester, wearing a mask from the cult film and comic book 'V for Vendetta', told AFP.
Anti-government protesters hold umbrellas - a symbol of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement - while marching Tuesday
Multiple rallies are taking place in Hong Kong in defiance of a police ban as protesters vent their anger at central government
Umbrellas are seen on the floor as anti-government activists march through the streets in protest on National Day
Anti-government protesters build a barricade in Sha Tin district as they ready themselves for possible clashes with police