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Rioters throw petrol bombs at police in Hong Kong

HONG KONG police came under violent attack again yesterday when masked gangs hurled petrol bombs as rioters defied a ban on protests which was imposed over public order concerns.

A demonstration had been planned for a shopping mall in the city centre.

But authorities blocked it as it has been the scene of violent anti-China actions previously, including the beating of an elderly man who protesters claimed supported Beijing.

Hong Kong has been convulsed by violent demonstrations for the past four months, sparked over plans to introduce an extradition Bill that would allow for the deportation of people to countries where they were alleged to have committed serious crimes.

Often portrayed by a sympathetic media as “pro-democracy campaigners,” the movement has been dominated by anti-China separatists funded by US groups, including the shady National Endowment for Democracy.

Shops and Chinese banks were smashed up while a large fire started by protesters ripped through the store of a Chinese smartphone maker in Mong Kok.

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