Friday marked the sixth day of Hong Kong's protests against Beijing's interference in local politics, but the demonstrations took an unexpected turn. A pro-government mob destroyed one of the pro-democracy protest sites on Friday afternoon (local time) in the Mong Kok district of the Kowloon peninsula.
Time reports from Hong Hong that hundreds joined in the pro-government mob, "attacking students, trashing student tents, and hurling obscenities." The police were apparently "overwhelmed" by the new mob, but they eventually were able to evacuate some of the pro-democracy protesters.
The anti-Occupy mob destroyed the pro-democracy protesters' signs and posters, telling the activists to "go home," according to Time. Time adds that some female protesters were allegedly sexually molested.
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The South China Morning Post adds that the pro-government mob was led by a "middle-aged Putonghua-speaking woman wearing a face mask using a loud hailer," though the mob's political affiliations were not clear. Student activists issued a statement calling the mob's actions "organized attacks" and threatening to cancel a planned "dialogue on political reform" with Hong Kong authorities if the government didn't immediately stop the assaults.
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