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Hundreds of protesters swarmed the New Town Mall in Sha Tin, a suburb of Hong Kong city, on Tuesday night demanding an explanation for police violence against peaceful protesters attempting to reach a mass transit platform to get home on Sunday.
The protest on Sunday, attracting 115,000 in the typically far more sleepy Sha Tin than downtown Hong Kong, ended peacefully. As protesters made their way to the mall – a necessary point of entry to the closest Mass Transit Railway (MTR) platform – police surrounded them, setting off pepper spray indoors and beating some protesters. In the ensuing scuffle, police say that 22 people were hospitalized, about half officers and half civilians. One police officer reportedly had his finger bitten off.
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The company that owns the New Town Mall, Sun Hung Kai Properties, claimed on Sunday that no one at the mall called for police or explicitly gave officers permission to enter. Neither Sun Hung Kai nor any of the stores operating in the mall reported any incidents of vandalism or theft on the part of protesters and some eyewitnesses say that protesters stayed in the mall to help employees clean up on Sunday after the violence subsided.
Hong Kong has regularly erupted in protests since early June following the introduction of a bill in the city’s Legislative Council that would allow the Communist Party of China to abduct any individual, regardless of nationality, present in Hong Kong if Beijing charges them with a violation of Chinese law. Opponents to the extradition bill say it violates “One Country, Two Systems,” the policy China agreed to in 1997 that bans it from imposing Communist Party law onto Hong Kong.
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The beatings will continue until moral improves.