Police use tear gas in Sha Tin after Hong Kong protesters go on rampage, start fire and desecrate flag

South China Morning Post 發布於 2019年09月22日13:09
  • Crowds earlier took over mall and targeted businesses run by mainland operators or which they deem are pro-Beijing
  • City is into its 16th straight weekend of protests sparked by the now-withdrawn extradition bill
Photo: Sam Tsang

Hong Kong is in its 16th straight weekend of anti-government protests.

After Saturday's chaos and violence, protesters took over shopping malls in Sha Tin and Nam Cheong on Sunday, targeting businesses linked to mainland China, or seen as being pro-police or pro-government, and forcing them to close. The chaos in Sha Tin then escalated, resulting in tear gas fired by police.

Protesters also desecrated a national flag and threw it into the river in Sha Tin.

Protesters had also vowed to disrupt airport operations by blocking access roads, but a heavy police deployment along road and rail links has prevented travel chaos so far. Protesters are targeting the MTR yet again, with radicals vandalising Sha Tin station, which is now closed.

Follow our live blog below for the latest updates. Reporting by Yujing Liu, Linda Lew, Ng Kang-chung, Simone McCarthy, Karen Yeung, Laurie Chen, Jeffie Lam and Zoe Low.

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