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

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