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Protesters pepper sprayed, arrested at Sheung Shui

2019-12-28 HKT 17:09
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  • Protesters pepper sprayed, arrested at Sheung Shui
  • One person is handcuffed after arrest at a bridge near the Landmark North Plaza. Photo: RTHK
    One person is handcuffed after arrest at a bridge near the Landmark North Plaza. Photo: RTHK
Tensions flared up at a mall in Sheung Shui after police officers in plain clothes and riot policemen confronted protesters who were demonstrating by chanting and walking around the shopping arcade.

At least 14 people were detained and taken away from the scene by police.

The trouble started when some protesters challenged a group of plain clothed officers who were inside the Landmark North Plaza. As the the two sides collided, the officers used batons and pepper spray to subdue many people.

A group of riot police officers soon arrived at the scene and detained a number of men and women, making them sit on the ground facing the wall.

One person was detained on a flyover that connected the mall to Sheung Shui MTR station was detained as he continued to shout "Go back to China" at some shoppers.

Some shoppers meanwhile shouted at the riot police for blocking the footbridge link to the mall.

In a tweet, police said "masked rioters" caused nuisances inside the mall and said "they also threw iron nails in shops". The message said as "their acts disturbed the public order ... riot police entered the mall for law enforcement".

Some protesters meanwhile went to the nearby Metropolis Plaza and shouted at some shoppers, asking them to go back to the mainland. They also entered a coffee shop, but did not cause any damage.

Sheung Shui, which is close to the mainland, has been a centre of protests against traders from across the border who visit the city in large numbers to buy things like milk powder and medicine. Local people say large influx of such traders have disturbed their life.