Published:  12:28 AM, 05 November 2019

3 people in critical condition as protests rock 'heavy-hearted' Hong Kong

3 people in critical condition as protests rock 'heavy-hearted' Hong Kong People shout at a riot police officer detaining a protester at a shopping mall in Tai Po in Hong Kong, China, Sunday. -Reuters

Three people were in critical condition in Hong Kong on Monday, authorities said, after a weekend of chaotic clashes with anti-government protesters that led China to call for a tougher stance to end months of unrest in the Asian financial hub.

The injuries were the result of yet another weekend of violence in the former British colony. Riot police stormed several shopping malls packed with families and children including Cityplaza in the eastern suburb of Taikoo Shing on Sunday.

Protesters there had initially formed a human chain before facing off with police in skirmishes up and down escalators and spraying graffiti on a restaurant. A man with a knife slashed several people and bit off part of a politician's ear. The wounded included a man believed to be the knife-wielder, whom protesters had beaten with sticks.

-Reuters, Hong Kong

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