Hong Kong police fire tear gas during the mass march of New Year's Day

HONG KONG: fired several rounds of tear gas against crowds on a Wednesday that attracted tens of thousands of people, including families with children.

What had been a peaceful march to pressure the authorities for more concessions after more than half a year of protests, deteriorated in tense scenes halfway through the march, with police firing tear gas to disperse protesters in the Wanchai District

Frontline protesters quickly formed a defense line, and some threw petrol bombs at police, according to Reuters reporters on the ground.

Hong Kong He has been involved in more than six months of anti-government protests that have lasted until 2020, with demands from protesters that include full democracy and an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality.