Hong Kong police break up shopping mall protest with tear gas

Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse pro-democracy protesters who occupied a shopping mall on Sunday.

Activists reportedly targeted businesses with connections to China as the demonstrations continued for a 16th weekend.

The protests erupted over a bill, now withdrawn, that sought to allow the extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China.

The demonstrations have grown into broader resistance against Chinese rule of the semi-autonomous former British colony.

The protesters, most of them young, also smashed security cameras and ticket booths at a railway station and set street fires.

One group of demonstrators reportedly trampled a Chinese flag carried by a man believed to oppose them.

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