The Latest: Fireworks injure 6 in Hong Kong amid protests
HONG KONG (AP) — The Latest on protests in Hong Kong (all times local):
Hong Kong police say six men were hurt by an eruption of fireworks early Wednesday near a police station where protesters clashed with officers after rioting charges were brought against other demonstrators.
Video footage on social media appears to show a car driving along the Tin Shui Wai Police Station as flashes of fireworks set off where protesters were gathered.
Police said it was not an action taken by officials and that officers are investigating the incident that was reported about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Five men were taken to a nearby hospital for their injuries, and the sixth man declined medical treatment at the scene.
Several hundred protesters had mobilized in the streets Tuesday night after Hong Kong police said that 44 people had been arrested on riot charges stemming from a demonstration Sunday night.
Protesters have clashed with police again in Hong Kong after reports that some of their detained colleagues would be charged with the relatively serious charge of rioting.
Several hundred protesters mobilized in the streets outside a police station Tuesday night after Hong Kong media said that 44 people had been arrested on riot charges stemming from a Sunday night demonstration.
They and one other charged with possession of offensive weapons were to appear in court on Wednesday, according to public broadcaster RTHK.
Live video streamed by Hong Kong media showed protesters chanting slogans and throwing eggs at the Kwai Chung police station. Police used pepper spray to try to disperse them.
Protesters in Hong Kong have disrupted subway service during the morning commute by blocking the doors on trains, preventing them from leaving the stations.
Service was partially suspended on one line and delayed on another line Tuesday. Angry commuters argued with protesters in a stopped train and on the platform at Tiu Keng Leng station.
The disruption is part of a pro-democracy movement that has seen hundreds of thousands take to the streets this summer for marches and rallies. The protests have shaken the government in Hong Kong and raised concern in Beijing. The city is part of China but has a fair degree of autonomy in local affairs.
Posts on Twitter showed long lines of commuters waiting for shuttle buses provided by the subway operator.