SCMP quoted several lawmakers who said they were spray with pepper spray solution while trying to break-up altercations between protesters and police while the Hong Kong Journalist Association has lodged a complaint of police violence against media personnel covering the events on the ground.
The continuous protests from past few months have brought along the prospects of chasing away the local shoppers and preventing the tourists from going to mainland China. The bill is seen as a threat to Hong Kong's freedoms that were guaranteed for 50 years when China took back control of the former British colony in 1997.
During the past month, millions of Hong Kongers, many of them young students, have taken to the streets to fight against an extradition bill that would allow Hong Kong people to be sent to mainland China for trial in a court system controlled by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It drew widespread opposition, with many Hongkongers fearing that it would allow Beijing to punish dissidents on political charges and expose them to China's opaque judicial system.
Yeung Po-hi, one of the organizers of the march, said she hoped everyone, including the police and the young protesters, would eventually get along, but peace can only be achieved if the government responds to the people's demands.
Triad gangs, he said, "may act as agitators for either side, or simply take actions to protect their own interests".
Though it was described as a silent march, they chanted "Carrie Lam Step Down", and "Hong Kong People Aid Oil" among themselves.
Deep-seated anger with the government has seen scores of smaller groups protest in the streets and sparked grassroots initiatives such as crowdfunding drives and newspaper ad campaigns.
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The protesters have adopted a "be water" strategy, inspired by a maxim of the city's home-grown martial arts legend, Bruce Lee, that encourages them to be flexible or formless.
Despite 34C temperatures and a "very high" air pollution level, organizers estimated about 9,000 elderly people gathered in Central and marched to the government's headquarters in Admiralty to call on the administration to address people's demands over the extradition bill.
"We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in the streets, we shall fight in all districts of Hong Kong, we shall bring the fight from local arenas to global fronts, whatever the costs may be". "As the political crisis drags on, it will become increasingly hard for the Hong Kong government to resolve, and police-community relations will take a long time to heal".
Twenty-eight people were hospitalized, including 13 police officers, one of whom had his finger reattached after it was bitten by a protester.
Hong Kong retailers warned that July and August sales could drop by double digits from a year earlier because of the unrest, while tourism numbers and hotel occupancy rates are slumping. But we still need to be here at the back and support the young people.
The recent demonstrations are the latest trigger in a long process of Chinese money flowing to Singapore, London, New York and other centres outside Beijing's reach.
Another senior serving officer said the fact that there was no apparent end in sight to Hong Kong's political tensions was further fuelling uncertainty across the 30,000-strong force. "This a very worrying turn of events and if the government can not solve things politically, then they should give clear guidance to the police", said To. "I am still optimistic".