Police clashes as Hong Kong protest sweeps into neighbourhood popular with Chinese shoppers
Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall Sunday night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating, Trend reports citing Telegraph.
Police used pepper spray and batons against small groups of protesters, who responded by hurling bottles and other projectiles, in a night of fresh violence in the international hub.
Sunday's clashes took place at the end of another huge rally - this time in Sha Tin a district that lies between the main urban sprawl around the harbour and the Chinese border.
Violence broke out briefly in the afternoon after the rally as protesters seized a junction and built barricades, causing an hours-long stand-off with riot police.
But the worst clashes happened late evening inside a shopping mall where hundreds of protesters fled after police moved on the barricades and then charged into the shopping complex, AFP reporters on the scene said.
Once inside, chaos erupted as police found themselves pelted from above.
At least one officer was seen knocked unconscious and there was blood on the floor of the mall. Police with shields and batons charged up to higher floors and made multiple arrests in a building filled with luxury fashion stores.
Volunteer medics were also seen to be giving aid to a protester who collapsed.
By 10:00 pm (1400 GMT) most protesters had left the area.
Hong Kong has been rocked by more than a month of huge largely peaceful protests - as well as a series of separate violent confrontations with police - sparked by a law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China and other countries.