Hong Kong anti-extradition law demo turns ugly, as riot police deploy pepper spray inside mall to clear protesters
Anti-extradition law protesters turned out in the thousands in the afternoon for a peaceful march calling for the controversial bill to be fully scrapped.
Scuffles broke out between protesters and police at Yuen Wo Road, after the march officially ended at around 5pm.
As the police cleared the streets in the evening, many sought refuge in nearby malls.
New Town Plaza, which is connected to Sha Tin MTR station, saw chaotic scenes after police in full riot gear entered the premises at around 9pm.
Police were seen using pepper spray and batons against protesters within the mall.
At least 33 people were arrested.
Some protesters threw umbrellas, water bottles and other objects at police officers, who held body-length riot shields.
During the mayhem, a plainclothes police officer was filmed being beaten by protesters as a reporter tried to protect him.
A video circulating online showed the officer being pushed down an escalator before he was surrounded and beaten on the floor. A
Bloodstains were seen on the floor of New Town Plaza mall, with reports of multiple injuries to protesters, police officers and journalists.
The MTR Corporation said shortly after 10pm that trains would not stop at Sha Tin station, but the decision was reversed about half an hour later.
Political group Demosisto said at 9:45pm that two of its standing committee members, Calvin Chu and William Liu, were arrested.
More to follow.