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Sushi shop smashed amid protests in Yuen Long

2019-12-21 HKT 17:19
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Police have ordered people to leave Yoho Mall in Yuen Long on Saturday afternoon – saying there’s a “criminal case” that requires investigation after a sushi shop was vandalised – leading to tension between officers and protesters.

Many of the shops, which were originally opened for the day, were forced to close their shutters following the arrival of the armed officers.

Hundreds of people had gathered at the mall to mark the five months of an attack by an armed group who attacked dozens of rail passengers on July 21.

Some of the protesters then wandered around the mall and smashed the windows of Genki Sushi, which belongs to Maxims group which they accuse of being anti-protest and siding with the government.

Soon after, dozens of riot police arrived at the scene and ordered everybody inside the shopping facility to leave, saying they need to investigate a “criminal case” inside.

But that drew an angry crowd, which chanted slogans like “disband the police” and “police not seen on July 21, and beating people to death on August 31”, referring to beating up of some train passengers at Prince Edward station four months ago.

Officers also got into a brief argument with journalists at the scene after they flashed strobe lights at the reporters and accused them of siding with the protesters.