President Xi Jinping has warned attempts to divide China will end in 'crushed bodies and shattered bones' as Hong Kong demonstrators smashed up pro-Beijing businesses and barricaded the streets in another weekend of protests.
Flashmobs struck on Sunday in shopping malls in Sha Tin and Tseun Wan holding umbrellas and wearing masks in defiance of the government's new sweep of restrictions on protests.
At a meeting with the Nepalese Prime Minister, President Xi declared: 'Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones ...
'And any external forces backing such attempts dividing China will be deemed by the Chinese people as pipe-dreaming!'
Rallies erupted in multiple neighbourhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro-China businesses, smashing windows and erecting barricades as they unfurled American and British flags.
Protesters attack a man during an anti-government demonstration in Hong Kong. The territory has been gripped by mass demonstrations since June
A man who was attacked by protesters during today's demonstration is pictured covered in blood in a supermarket in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Police officers arrest a Protester during today's protests. Rallies erupted in multiple neighbourhoods with some protesters blocking roads, spraying graffiti on pro- China businesses, smashing windows and erecting barricades as they unfurled American and British flags
Anti-government protesters vandalise a Bank of China branch during a protest today in Tsuen Wan, near the site where police shot a protesters with live ammunition
A woman reacts after protesters sprayed her face because she attempted to remove their road barricades in Hong Kong on Sunday
Riot police, some wielding rubber bullet guns, and wearing heavy armour patrol the Tai Po district after demonstrators massed there on Sunday
Protesters wearing masks, one wielding a metal bar, form a barricade in the middle of a road in the Mongkok district of Hong Kong on Sunday
Riot police detain a protester at Tseun Wan shopping mall on Sunday as another wields an umbrella during pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong
Riot police hold down a demonstrator on Sunday inside the Tsuen Wan shopping mall as anti-Beijing demonstrators rallied at multiple locations in the financial hub
A flashmob strikes a mall in the Sha Tin district of the city on Sunday, in the fourth month of pro-democracy demonstrations
Heavily armoured riot police officers take down a demonstrator outside a shopping mall in the Tai Koo area of the financial hub
Barricades were set up in downtown Hong Kong once again this weekend as demonstrations rumbled into their four month
Police made multiple arrests as they rushed to intercept activists but the clashes were less heavy than earlier this month when the city was virtually shut down by the most intense unrest of the four month protest movement.
At a meeting with the Nepalese Prime Minister, President Xi declared: 'Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones ... And any external forces backing such attempts dividing China will be deemed by the Chinese people as pipe-dreaming!'
In the district of Mongkok, riot police burst from an unmarked van that had screeched up to a blockade made of bamboo scaffolding poles and quickly chased down multiple protesters who were pinned to the ground and detained.
In Tai Po district, officers charged into a mall where protesters had tagged a number of businesses with slogans with at least two arrests made.
Similar flashmobs and brief clashes were witnessed in at least three other locations with bystanders often heckling police as they made arrests.
Hong Kong has been shaken by four months of massive democracy protests which have seen increasingly violent clashes between hardcore demonstrators and police, as well as regular transport disruptions.
The wave of protests in the international finance hub was sparked by opposition to a now-scrapped proposal to allow extraditions to mainland China, but has since morphed into a larger movement for democracy and police accountability.
The city enjoys unique rights under the terms of its handover to China by Britain in 1997, including freedom of expression and an independent judiciary, but many believe these are under threat from an increasingly assertive Beijing.
Shattered glass is strewn across a vandalised restaurant at the Sha Tin Plaza mall during an anti-government protests on Sunday
Protesters wearing masks and carrying umbrellas sprint through the streets of the city today
Hong Kong has been gripped by mass demonstrations since June over a now-withdrawn extradition bill, which have since morphed into a wider anti-government movement (pictured: smashed windows at a mall in Sha Tin)
Protesters unfurl their umbrellas as they block roads in the Tai Po neighbourhood of the city on Sunday
Protesters force their way into a shop during demonstrations today - they went after some businesses perceived as being pro-China
A flashmob gathers around the galleries and within the lobby of a central mall while a colossal American flag is unfurled
Riot police go after a demonstrator in the Tai Koo area, close to one of the shopping malls, as they force him to the ground
Street battles between riot police and small groups of protesters have become a weekly occurrence, hammering the already struggling economy, spooking tourists and undermining Hong Kong's reputation for stability.
The beginning of October saw a particularly fierce period of unrest with protesters upping their violence as Communist China celebrated its 70th birthday party.
Clashes further intensified after the city's leader invoked colonial-era emergency laws to ban face masks at protests.
Over the course of a week, protesters went on a vandalism spree, much of it targeting the city's subway network and pro-China businesses.
Riot police attempt to clear debris from the streets set up by demonstrators to act as barricade, despite multiple skirmishes the protests were less violent than in recent weeks
Protesters attack a surveillance camera during an anti-government protest in Hong Kong today
An anti-government protester sprays graffiti onto the wall at Wong Tai Sin district
Anti-government protesters hold placards and wave flags during a demonstration at New Town Plaza shopping mall in Hong Kong
Protesters stage a sit-in, many wearing masks, as they gather in New Town Plaza during anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong
People walk past graffiti on the entrance gate of the Sha Tin MTR underground station as people nearby attend a flash mob at the mall
Police also increased their response, firing tear gas and rubber bullets with renewed ferocity. Two teenagers were wounded with live rounds during clashes with police.
But the last few days have seen a comparatively calmer period.
Protesters are pushing for an independent inquiry into the police, an amnesty for the more than 2,500 people arrested and universal suffrage.
Beijing and city leader Carrie Lam have repeatedly rejected those demands.
Young men with their faces covered, in contravention of a recent law, pull sections of the central reservation away to create a barricade
A protester with his face covered runs on a footbridge outside a mall during an anti-government protest in Hong Kong