Anti-extradition protesters have begun targeting mainland shops, or business known to have criticised the anti-extradition movement, at a shopping mall in Sha Tin.

Footage from New Town Plaza, where at least a thousand protesters have gathered, showed some protesters holding a list of shops to be targeted. Stickers were placed on their store-fronts or inside.

A Huawei, a Best Mart 360, and a mainland tea shop chain pulled down their shutters.

Protesters also appeared to be targeting food and beverage outlets operated by the Maxim group; such as Starbucks, Simply Life, Jade Garden and Peking Garden.

They pushed buttons hundreds of times to print out seat reservations then stuck them on a nearby wall.

Earlier this month, the People’s Daily reportedly praised Annie Wu Suk-ching, the daughter of the Maxim’s founder, after she criticised the unrest caused by the anti-extradition protesters. Beijing had previously reportedly criticised a rival mooncake maker, Taipan, after the founder’s son, Garic Kwok, apparently backed the protesters on Facebook.

Later the protesters trampled on a national flag at the mall, before leaving and throwing it into the Shing Mun river.

A man was also beaten, after saying something to the protesters.

Parts of Sha Tin MTR station were also vandalised, leading to the closure of the station in the afternoon.

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Last updated: 2019-09-22 HKT 17:05