Transcript for Hundreds arrested after violent Hong Kong protests
Also this morning, tensions rising in Hong Kong. Hundreds arrested after those violent protests. Senior foreign correspondent Ian Pannell is tracking the very latest. Good morning, Ian. Reporter: Yeah, good morning, Michael. Just look at the scene here. We are right in the heart of the business district of Asia's financial hub and look at it. It's awash with riot police, clashes with protesters as they don't just go on but have started to take a darker turn. This morning, anti-government protests in Hong Kong reaching a new level of violence as police now say they arrested over 260 people in just one day, most are students. Demonstrators are angry their demands for more freedom from China and police accountability aren't being met. A mob ganging up on this man in white, a sign of how intolerant this movement has become as others run through a shopping mall smashing windows. Hong Kong's chief executive issuing a stern warning. If there is still any wishful thinking that by escalating violence, the Hong Kong as a government will yield to pressure to satisfy the so-called political demands, I am making this statement clear and loud here, that will not happen. Reporter: The violence is raging on both sides. Authorities clashing directly with protesters at the Chinese university firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd. Overnight police indiscriminately blasting them with water cannons unfolding one day after this officer fired his weapon at a demonstrator standing feet away and a Chinese government supporter who was doused in a flammable liquid and set on fire. Both are still in hospital. Despite this escalation, protesters say they have no intention of stopping until their demands are met. We are so angry about the police brutality and their violence happened like in the past five months in Hong Kong. Reporter: Overnight the state department condemning violence on both sides urging them to engage in a sincere dialogue. You can see the situation on the ground. There is no talking and beijing has warned about the role of what it describes as foreign forces interfering. Robin. Very tense situation there. All right, Ian, thank you.
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