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Hong Kong protests end with violent clashes with police in shopping centre

Four pictures of violent Hong Kong protests in shopping centre

Demonstrations got violent after police tried to clear out the streets (Picture: Getty/Reuters/REX/EPA)

Protesters demanding the resignation of Hong Kongs chief executive battled with riot police in a shopping centre.

Thousands of demonstrators, who are also calling for an investigation into police violence, peacefully protested for most of the day in the northern Sha Tin district.

But scuffles broke out after nightfall when police wearing helmets and shields started clearing out the packed streets.

Hundreds of protesters, many wearing helmets and surgical masks, retreated into a shopping complex, where some threw umbrellas and water bottles at police.

A violent clash ensued in which people hit each other with umbrellas and grabbed each others helmets.

The demonstration added to an number of grievances over the past six months against the former British colonys leaders.

Protesters scuffle with policemen inside a shopping mall in Sha Tin District in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 14, 2019. Police in Hong Kong have fought with protesters as they broke up a demonstration by thousands of people demanding the resignation of the Chinese territory's chief executive and an investigation into complains of police violence. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hundreds of people retreated into the shopping centre as clashes erupted (Picture: AP)

epa07716730 Blood on the ground after clashes between police and anti-extradition bill protesters in a shopping mall during a rally in Shatin, Hong Kong, China, 14 July 2019. Spurred by the momentum of the anti-extradition movement, the protesters are demanding the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to mainland China, and unconditional release of all arrested protesters among other demands. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

Splatters of blood and debris were left on the floor (Picture: EPA)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jack Taylor/REX (10334159c) Anti-extradition bill protesters and police officers clash in a shopping centre in Sha Tin, Hong Kong following a demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people. (Photo Jack Taylor) Anti-extradition Law Protesters Clash with Police Officers in Sha Tin, Hong Kong - 14 July 2019

Protesters have been demanding an investigation into alleged police brutality (Picture: REX)

A policeman is attacked by protesters inside a mall in Sha Tin District in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 14, 2019. Police in Hong Kong have fought with protesters as they broke up a demonstration by thousands of people demanding the resignation of the Chinese territory's chief executive and an investigation into complains of police violence. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Protesters used umbrellas as weapons against police (Picture: AP)

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jack Taylor/REX (10334159d) Anti-extradition bill protesters and police officers clash in a shopping centre in Sha Tin, Hong Kong following a demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people. (Photo Jack Taylor) Anti-extradition Law Protesters Clash with Police Officers in Sha Tin, Hong Kong - 14 July 2019

Fights erupted throughout the shopping centre in Sha Tin, Hong Kong (Picture: REX)

Police officers tear the shirt of a protester during a clash inside a shopping arcade in Sha Tin of Hong Kong after a rally against a controversial extradition law proposal in Sha Tin district of Hong Kong on July 14, 2019. - Riot police and protesters fought running battles in a Hong Kong shopping mall on July 14 night as unrest caused by a widely loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)PHILIP FONG/AFP/Getty Images

Demonstrators rallied against the controversial extradition law (Picture; AFP/Getty)

epa07716689 An injured woman lies on the ground accepting the treat in a shopping mall while anti-extradition bill protesters march during a rally in Shatin, Hong Kong, China, 14 July 2019. Spurred by the momentum of the anti-extradition movement, the protesters are demanding the complete withdrawal of the extradition bill, which would have allowed the transfer of fugitives to mainland China, and unconditional release of all arrested protesters among other demands. EPA/JEROME FAVRE

An injured woman lies on the groun as shes treated by paramedics (Picture: EPA)

Riot police use pepper spray to disperse pro-democracy activists inside a mall after a march at Sha Tin District of East New Territories, Hong Kong, China July 14, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Riot police brandishing shields defend themselves against a hail of umbrellas (Picture: Reuters)

Critics say they have eroding the freedom and autonomy promised to Hong Kong when the territory was returned to China in 1997.

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They accuse the regions leaders of becoming more responsive to the autocratic Beijing government than Hong Kongs own people.

Protests which began last month in opposition to a proposed extradition law have swelled to include complaints about an influx of mainland Chinese traders into Hong Kong.

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On Sunday, protesters demanded an investigation into complaints police assaulted participants in demonstrations against the extradition law.

Some carried signs reading Police Are Liars and Defend Hong Kong while others held American or colonial-era Hong Kong flags.

Protester Peggie Cheung, 59, said: There were a lot of large-scale protests and the government has not responded to them.

The police seem to have become even more violent. I didnt think this protest would do much to help, but coming out on the streets felt like a responsibility to me.

Last month the government of Chief Executive Carrie Lam suspended action on the extradition bill, which would have allowed Hong Kong crime suspects to be transferred to the mainland, where the ruling Communist Party controls the court system.

Critics are demanding she resign despite her apology over her handling of the legislation.

A policeman scuffles with a protester inside a mall in Sha Tin District in Hong Kong, Sunday, July 14, 2019. Police in Hong Kong have fought with protesters as they broke up a demonstration by thousands of people demanding the resignation of the Chinese territory's chief executive and an investigation into complains of police violence. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Protests were mostly peaceful until nightfall (Picture: AP)

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