Riot police use pepper spray to disperse protesters in Hong Kong who returned fire with umbrellas and bottles. Photo: Reuters

Head wounds, a severed finger, police and protesters in hospital: how a peaceful rally in Hong Kong descended into bloodshed and chaos in Sha Tin’s New Town Plaza mall

  • Protesters and local councillors blame police who ‘blocked demonstrators from exiting shopping centre into nearby MTR station’
  • Demoralised officers hit out at management’s ‘public relations’ exercise and say they were forced to act after being hit with objects thrown from above
Topic |   Hong Kong extradition law

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Riot police use pepper spray to disperse protesters in Hong Kong who returned fire with umbrellas and bottles. Photo: Reuters
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Bystanders are caught up in the trouble in Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Felix Wong

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam offers solace to injured police as frontline officers warn of reaching breaking point amid protest violence

  • Chief Executive Carrie Lam says police were ‘very professional and restrained’ but were attacked by ‘rioters’ whose actions will not be tolerated
  • Police chief Stephen Lo pledges to make officers’ safety the priority when planning strategy – as weary force members say they need protection
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Bystanders are caught up in the trouble in Sha Tin on Sunday. Photo: Felix Wong
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