Hong Kong (CNN)There were more scenes of violence and destruction across Hong Kong over the weekend as protesters targeted subway stations and shopping malls in an apparent escalation as the city enters its sixteenth consecutive week of unrest.
Violence and chaos spreads through Hong Kong as protests enter 16th week
Police and protesters clashed in multiple districts, with the latter throwing petrol bombs and setting fires as the authorities responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Protesters largely avoided pitched battles with the authorities, however, retreating and moving around the city quickly.
Inside New Town Plaza, a shopping mall in the northern Hong Kong town on Sha Tin, protesters targeted Chinese-owned businesses and those owned by the food and beverage conglomerate Maxim's, including Starbucks and Simply Life. Earlier this month, Annie Wu Suk-ching, daughter of Maxim's founder James Tak Wu, infuriated protesters when she publicly criticized them and defended police handling of the unrest.
While the mall protests were initially light-hearted, including a conga line, they soon became more serious, wi