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Hong Kong police to mark protesters with colored dye

Police in Hong Kong say they will spray protesters for identification purposes. China's official news agency has warned that Beijing will not let the situation in the former British colony continue.

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Hong Kong rallies continue on weekend

Hong Kong police said on Sunday they will use the colored liquid — which they say is edible and harmless but will stay on skin and clothes — to distinguish demonstrators from non-protesting members of the public.  

Pro-democracy protesters moved to the upscale shopping district of Causeway Bay after riot police used tear gas to clear an area they were previously occupying during planned rallies.

DW's Charlotte Chelsom-Pill also reported seeing a fire break out in the Causeway Bay area. 

Protesters had used what appeared to be a long, homemade slingshot to hurl rocks, bricks and other objects towards windows at a police station.

Read more: Hong Kong strike: Can protesters shut down the city?

9 weeks of protests

What started as demonstrations against a controversial extradition law has blossomed into a movement fighting for expanded democratic rights and autonomy.

Recent protests have started to turn violent, with police taking bolder actions to disperse protesters, including firing rubber bullets and detaining dozens of participants. Around 20 people were arrested during the protests on Saturday and Sunday.

Thousands of demonstrators dressed in black on Sunday marched peacefully in the town of Tseung Kwan O brandishing colorful banners and leaflets, ahead of a general strike expected to take place on Monday.

"We're trying to tell the government to (withdraw) the extradition bill and to police to stop the investigations and the violence," said technology student Gabriel Lee.

Read more: Hong Kong pro-democracy movement — going from strength to strength

A map showing where the general strike on August 5 is expected to take place across Hong Kong

Reward offered for information about 'insane' protester

During Saturday's protests, several people scaled a flag pole, removed a Chinese flag and threw it into the iconic Victoria Harbour. Hong Kong's former leader CY Leung has offered 1 million Hong Kong dollars ($127,720, €114,970) for information about those involved.

Leung said that the act will provoke "enormous resentment from the entire nation." He pledged the cash award to anyone who provides clues about the "insane person" behind it.

kw/jlw (AP, AFP, Reuters)

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