Violence in Hong Kong as anti-government protests continue

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Violence erupted in Hong Kong’s New Territories on Sunday as anti-government protests continued as police fired tear gas to disperse protesters, black-clad activists blocked roads and vandalized shopping malls.

The demonstrators vandalized a train station in the central city of Sha Tin and smashed a restaurant believed to be pro-Beijing just two weeks before local council elections.

Nao television showed pictures of a red bruise on his correspondent’s arm, which she said was hit by a tear gas canister in Tsuen Wan, west of the new territory.

The train station in Sha Tin was closed amid skirmishes between police and protesters on a day of protest at shopping malls. Shopping areas on the main island were calm.

“Radical demonstrators have gathered in several places,” police said in a statement.

“They were hanging out in a number of shopping centers and vandalizing shops and establishments inside without regard for the safety of the community,” the statement said.

Last weekend, anti-government protesters gathered in a shopping mall, waving a man with a knife and cutting off a politician’s ear.

Protesters are angry at what they see as brutal police behavior and Beijing’s interference in the affairs and freedoms of Hong Kong, a former British colony that has adopted the “one country, two systems” formula since the city returned to China in 1997.

China denies meddling in Hong Kong and blames Western countries for stirring up trouble.

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