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Protesters Attacked an Officer, Now Protesters Show Up in Smaller Groups

Violence between the two groups hasn’t stopped. A group of masked people reportedly beat a person in the streets, leaving him bloodied.

Police say an officer was attacked from behind, stabbed in the neck with a sharp weapon.

Video broadcast on local television confirmed masked protesters were kicking and beating an officer as he tried to access his gun.

The smaller groups popped up throughout the city, blocking traffic and vandalizing stores within the area.

Among a number of the stores getting damaged: A Huawei location where people used hammers to wreck its storefront. Protesters additionally spray-painted messages like “we’re not stealing,” inside a Starbucks store.

Protesters described their pivoting strategy as being “like water.”

The biggest group to congregate included about 700 people who gathered in a shopping center as a masked demonstrator played the saxophone. By Sunday morning, people climbed a nearby peak to erect a statue of a masked demonstrator, named “The Lady Liberty of Hong Kong.”

The five-month-long demonstrations come as China and the U.S. have agreed to a “phase one deal” within the trade war.

The National Basketball Association additionally canceled media access to press for the rest of its preseason China tour following numerous controversies over how they’ve dealt with the fallout over Hong Kong’s protests.

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey recently posted on social media as support for the pro-democracy movement, before quickly removing and apologizing for it. Lawmakers within the U.S. known as the league-pressured apology shameful, claiming the NBA was one among many U.S. companies bowing to mainland China over the protests.

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