Jan 19, 2020 13:59 UTC
  • Hong Kong protesters attack, injure policemen in head

Protesters have attacked police officers during a demonstration in downtown Hong Kong, giving two of them head injuries.

Tensions flared after police ordered protesters to disperse during what demonstrators called the “Universal Siege against Communism” in the city’s commercial district on Sunday.

Police said in a statement that two police community liaison officers were attacked with wooden sticks and sustained head injuries. They also said some protesters threw water bottles at officers who were conducting a stop and search operation.

“In view of the violent incidents, police officers have asked the organizer to halt the public meeting... and urge participants to... leave the area by public transport,” the statement said.

The semi-autonomous Chinese city has been rocked by protests since June over a proposed bill that would have allowed extradition to mainland China. The bill was later withdrawn, but the protests continued, although they have lost much of their steam over the last month.