Anti-government protesters targeted British banking giant HSBC for the first time on Tuesday night, smashing up glass doors and setting a small fire inside its Mong Kok building on Nathan Road.
There have been several demonstrations against the bank for shutting down the corporate account of the Spark Alliance – a fund-raising platform for protesters.
A message 'don't forget Spark Alliance' was spray-painted on the walls of the buidling.
After the account was closed, police froze HK$70 million in funds and arrested four people for alleged money laundering.
There have been calls online to boycott the bank, as well as ‘renovate’ HSBC branches – a euphemism for smashing them up – but others have cautioned that such action could weaken international support for the protest movement.
There had been clashes between protesters and police in the area, with protesters blocking major roads and setting fire to an MTR entrance, prompting the railway to close the station early for the night.
Petrol bombs were hurled towards police vans on Nathan Road at around midnight. Riot police responded with multiple shots of what appeared to be pepper balls. Some struck a journalist in the forehead, drawing blood.
The reporter was treated on the scene by a volunteer medic.
Last updated: 2019-12-25 HKT 00:29