Police, protesters clash in Hong Kong as demonstrators cut down smart lamppost

Police, protesters clash in Hong Kong as demonstrators cut down smart lamppost

Hong Kong protesters cut down a “smart lamppost” as they skirmished with police on Saturday and officers fired tear gas at demonstrators, as chaotic s

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Hong Kong protesters cut down a “smart lamppost” as they skirmished with police on Saturday and officers fired tear gas at demonstrators, as chaotic scenes returned to the summer-long protests for the first time in more than a week.Protesters used an electric saw to slice through the bottom of the lamppost, while others pulled ropes tied around it. The demonstrators, who were holding up umbrellas to hide their identities, cheered as it toppled over.Story continues below

READ MORE: Hong Kong’s airport, railways operating normally despite ‘stress test’ protest plansThey were part of a larger group marching to demand the removal of the lampposts over worries they could contain high-tech cameras and facial recognition software used for surveillance by Chinese authorities.The government in Hong Kong, which has been convulsed by more than two months of sometimes violent protests, said smart lampposts only collect data on traffic, weather and air quality.The semiautonomous Chinese city has said it plans to install about 400 of the smart lampposts in four urban districts, starting with 50 this summer in the Kwun Tong and Kowloon Bay districts that were the scene of Saturday’s protest march.WATCH: Hong Kong protests sink businesses’ profits

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