Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall protests and clashes

CHAOS broke out in an upscale Hong Kong mall tonight as riot police clashed with pro-democracy protesters who were marking Christmas eve with a series of flashmob rallies.

Riot police used pepper spray and batons to beat back angry crowds after plainclothes officers made arrests inside Harbour City, a luxury mall in Tsim Sha Tsui, one of the city’s busiest shopping districts.