As part of its plea for U.S. intervention, the protesters also sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”
“Hong Kong is at the forefront of the battle against the totalitarian regime of China,” the Associated Press quoted march organizer Panzer Chan as saying. “Please support us in our fight.”
While the march started out peacefully, violence broke out after demonstrators vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic in Hong Kong’s business and retail district, AP reported. Police responded with tear gas.