Hong Kong police launch tear gas at protesters as thousands take to the streets

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Hong Kong police fired tear gas to try to disperse democracy protesters earlier today - after pro-China groups pulled down the anti-government notes on some 'Lennon Walls' in a Chinese-ruled city.

Thousands of pro-democracy marchers gathered under the sweltering sun near the government offices of Tuen Mun, an outlying area in the west of the New Territories, where some set fire to a Chinese flag.

Dozens - Beijing - Supporters - Mosaics - Notes

Earlier, dozens of Beijing supporters tore down large mosaics of colourful post-it notes that were denouncing the Chinese government for allegedly meddling in the former British colony.

'I am a Chinese man,' one of the pro-Beijing protesters shouted when confronted by the pro-democracy marchers.

'Lennon - Walls - Similarity - John - Lennon

The 'Lennon Walls', named because of their similarity to the John Lennon Wall in communist-controlled Prague in the 1980s that was covered with Beatles lyrics and messages of political grievance, had blossomed across the Asian financial centre, at bus stops and shopping centres.

These walls, also found under footbridges and along pedestrian walkways, have occasionally become hot spots of violence during the last three months of unrest.

Walls - City - Legislator - Junius - Ho

But many of the walls were destroyed after a pro-Beijing city legislator, Junius Ho, urged his supporters to clean up around 100 of them across all 18 of Hong Kong's districts today.

But in a message posted late on Friday on his Facebook page, Ho said 'for the sake of safety' the Lennon Walls would not be cleared up, only the streets.

Subway - Station - Tsuen - Wan - Neighborhood

Near the subway station in the Tsuen Wan neighborhood, a woman who was tearing down posters threw a bag at a reporter and a man shoved a cameraman, RTHK reported.

It said there was pushing and shoving between the two sides at stations in Yuen Long and Lok Fu.

Ho - Appearance - Shau - Kei - Wan

Ho made an appearance in the Shau Kei Wan neighborhood but residents shouted at him and told him to leave, RTHK...
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