A 12-year-old child is among 36 arrested after violence erupted during anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

Molotov cocktails were hurled at police, who responded by aiming water cannons at protesters.

Sunday saw the fiercest clashes between demonstrators and police since protests erupted in mid-June.

Demonstrators are furious over a now-suspended extradition bill which would see people from Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China if they were suspected of a crime.

In a statement, authorities said one officer fired a warning shot in the air.

Police fired water cannons and volleys of tear gas in running battles with brick-throwing protesters on Sunday, the second day of violent clashes in the Chinese-ruled city.

Six officers drew their pistols and one officer fired a warning shot into the air, police said in a statement.

"The escalating illegal and violent acts of radical protesters are not only outrageous, they also push Hong Kong to the verge of a very dangerous situation," the government said in a statement.

Protesters once again adopted cat-and-mouse tactics late in the evening, moving swiftly to locations across the former British colony, where they set up barricades to block some roads, following a largely peaceful rally earlier in the day.

Police said they arrested 29 men and seven women, aged 12 to 48, for offences including unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and assaulting police officers.

The clashes on Saturday and Sunday marked a return to unrest after days of calmer demonstrations.

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