HONG KONG: Hong Kong protesters clashed with police on Saturday in a town near the boundary with mainland China. Thousands of the protesters rallied against the presence of Chinese traders, seizing on another grievance following major unrest over an extradition bill.
Protesters in Sheung Shui, not far from the Chinese city of Shenzhen, threw umbrellas and hardhats at police, who retaliated by swinging batons and firing pepper spray.
The traders have long been a source of anger among those in Hong Kong who blame them for fueling inflation, driving up property prices and dodging taxes. Later, police urged protesters to refrain from violence and leave. By about 8:30 p.m. (1230 GMT), most had retreated as police in riot helmets and wielding large shields swept through the town to clear the streets. (Agencies)