Advertisement

Marching through malls, Hong Kong protesters urge mainland Chinese traders to leave

Click to play video: 'Hong Kong police crack down on mall demonstrations in Sheung Shui district' Hong Kong police crack down on mall demonstrations in Sheung Shui district
WATCH: Hong Kong police crack down on mall demonstrations in Sheung Shui district – Dec 28, 2019

Police fought with protesters who marched through a Hong Kong shopping mall Saturday demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory in a fresh weekend of anti-government tension.

The protest in Sheung Shui, near Hong Kong’s boundary with the mainland, was part of efforts to pressure the government by disrupting economic activity.

READ MORE: ‘Shopping protests’ in Hong Kong target malls, attract riot police

Click to play video: 'Hong Kong protesters disrupt Boxing Day shopping' Hong Kong protesters disrupt Boxing Day shopping
Hong Kong protesters disrupt Boxing Day shopping – Dec 26, 2019

About 100 protesters marched through the mall shouting, “Liberate Hong Kong!” and “Return to the mainland!”

Story continues below advertisement

Police in civilian clothes with clubs tackled and handcuffed some protesters. One officer fired pepper spray at protesters and reporters. Government broadcaster RTHK reported 14 people were detained.

Some shoppers argued with police in olive fatigues and helmets who blocked walkways in the mall.

Click to play video: 'Black paint, Christmas flowers thrown from balcony in Hong Kong mall during protests' Black paint, Christmas flowers thrown from balcony in Hong Kong mall during protests
Black paint, Christmas flowers thrown from balcony in Hong Kong mall during protests – Dec 26, 2019

Protests that began in June over a proposed extradition law have spread to include demands for more democracy and other grievances.

The proposed law was withdrawn but protesters want the resignation of the territory’s leader, Carrie Lam, and other changes.

Protesters complain Beijing and Lam’s government are eroding the autonomy and Western-style civil liberties promised to Hong Kong when the former British colony returned to China in 1997.

READ MORE: Robberies rise in Hong Kong as protests stretch police resources thin

Story continues below advertisement

On Saturday, some merchants in the Sheung Shui mall wrapped orange tape around kiosks or partially closed security doors in shops but most business went ahead normally.

Hong Kong, which has no sales tax and a reputation for genuine products, is popular with Chinese traders who buy merchandise to resell on the mainland.

Sheung Shui was the site of clashes between police and demonstrators in June.

Click to play video: 'Christmas protests turn ugly in Hong Kong' Christmas protests turn ugly in Hong Kong
Christmas protests turn ugly in Hong Kong – Dec 25, 2019

Earlier this week, protesters smashed windows in shopping areas over the Christmas holiday. Some fought with police.

A total of 336 people, some as young as 12, were arrested from Monday to Thursday, according to police. That brought the total number of people arrested over six months of protests to nearly 7,000.

READ MORE: Hong Kong protesters use money as a weapon as protests continue

Story continues below advertisement

Protesters have damaged subway stations, banks and other public facilities.

Earlier this month, opposition candidates won a majority of posts in elections for district representatives, the lowest level of government.

Click to play video: 'China’s Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during ‘most difficult’ time' China’s Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during ‘most difficult’ time
China’s Xi vows support for Hong Kong leader during ‘most difficult’ time – Dec 16, 2019

Sponsored content