- Title: Hong Kong police use pepper spray and batons in arrests of protesters
- Date: 28th December 2019
- Summary: VARIOUS OF POLICE PINNING THE PROTESTER ON FLOOR AND TURNING HIM AROUND TO TIE UP HIS HANDS POLICE AND OTHER PROTESTERS CLASHING VARIOUS OF POLICE SPRAYING PEPPER SPRAY AT PEOPLE POLICE SHOUTING AT PROTESTERS POLICE RUNNING OUT OF MALL POLICE PINNING A PROTESTER TO THE GROUND POLICE PUTTING HANDCUFFS ON HIM POLICE WALKING UP ESCALATOR VARIOUS OF ARRESTED PROTESTERS SITTING ON GROUND, POLICE SURROUNDING THEM PROTESTERS SQUABBLING PLAIN-CLOTHE POLICE ESCORTING ARRESTED PROTESTERS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WALKING AROUND INSIDE MALL, GESTURING AT SHOPPERS SHOPPERS INSIDE SHOP PROTESTERS WALKING OUT OF SHOP VARIOUS OF SHOP SHUTTING THEIR DOORS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WALKING INSIDE MALL VARIOUS OF SHOP LOWERING THEIR GATE SHOP LETTING SHOPPERS OUT WHEN IT IS SAFE SHOPPERS WALKING AWAY QUICKLY WITH LUGGAGE
- Embargoed: 11th January 2020 11:01
- Keywords: Hong Kong arrests pepper spray protests
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA003BBW1O3R
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong police arrested around a dozen protesters on Saturday (December 28), using pepper spray and batons on those that took part in "shopping protest", which is aimed to disrupt business in a town near the border with mainland China.
Demonstrators have been targeting shopping malls across the financial hub this week since Christmas Eve, after a short break on Friday (December 27), more than a hundred protesters, many dressed in black and face masks, marched through a mall in rural Sheung Shui on Saturday afternoon and chanted slogans including "go back to China".
Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, is popular among so-called "parallel traders", who buy large volumes of duty-free goods to be carried into the mainland to be sold. The traders have been a source of anger among those in Hong Kong who blame them for overcrowding the town and fueling inflation and rents.
The protests began more than six months ago in response to a now-withdrawn bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, where courts are controlled by the Communist Party.
They have since evolved into a broader pro-democracy movement, and became more confrontational over the festive season.
(Production: Joyce Zhou, Xihao Jiang)
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