China’s Xinhua news agency, shops, train stations and a Starbucks were targeted by protesters. (AP: Kin Cheung)
Hong Kong businesses linked to China, including Beijing’s official news agency, have been targeted by vandals during another night of anti-government riots.
- Shops, train station entrances and a Starbucks were also targeted by protesters
- Passengers on the city’s iconic Star Ferry chanted pro-democracy slogans
- Hong Kong entered into a recession last week following a downturn in visitors
Heavily armed police moved quickly to disperse large crowds of demonstrators who marched in the centre of Hong Kong chanting pro-democracy slogans on the 22nd straight weekend of protests.
While officers used tear gas and water cannon, activists managed to smash the office of China’s official news agency Xinhua, and throw a petrol bomb inside.
The Chinese news agency condemned the act as “savage behaviour”.
Several other China-linked businesses were attacked elsewhere in the city, as was a branch of coffee chain Starbucks. Firebombs were thrown and metro train stations were set on fire.
Protesters are angry at what they say is the Chinese Government’s meddling with Hong Kong’s freedoms, including its legal system, since the city returned from British to Chinese rule in 1997.
Several protesters threw firebombs during a violent weekend on the streets of Hong Kong. (Reuters: Thomas Peter)
Clashes continued into the night as protesters retreated to the Causeway Bay area and across the water to the northern Kowloon side.
Some protesters gathered across the harbour in the hotel and shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui, at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula, with scores of passengers on the Star Ferry chanting “Hong Kong people resist”.
Hundreds gathered outside the Kowloon mosque on Nathan Road shouting “fight for freedom”.
Police said a large group of masked protesters in that area had occupied roads and hurled petrol bombs. In one incident, faeces was thrown at officers, police added.
Police stride past a row of protesters who were detained during the disturbances. (AP: Kin Cheung)
Government data released on Thursday confirmed that Hong Kong slid into recession in the third quarter for the first time since the global financial crisis of 2008.