Hong Kong Police Use Tear Gas as Thousands Protest

HONG KONG (AP) -

Hong Kong police blasted pro-democracy protesters with tear gas and used vans with flashing lights in renewed efforts overnight to force demonstrators from streets near the government headquarters, as the city’s top leader early Monday urged them to go home.

Hong Kong’s top leader, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, reassured the public that rumors the Chinese army might intervene were untrue.

After spending hours holding protesters at bay, police lobbed canisters of tear gas into the crowd on Sunday evening. The searing fumes sent demonstrators fleeing, though many came right back to continue their protest. The government said 26 people were taken to hospitals