Gangs of masked men with bats, sticks and metal poles have assaulted protesters, commuters and journalists. Many of the victims were returning from a huge rally on the seventh straight weekend of demonstrations for more autonomy from China. The demonstrations began peacefully, as tens of thousands rallied against a controversial extradition bill they fear will erode the city's autonomy. As protesters headed for the office of China's communist party police fired on them with rubber bullets and tear gar.

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