Scuffles have broken out after hundreds of protesters converged in Melbourne’s city centre for a pro-Hong Kong rally.
Social media videos shows rival activists jostling as tempers flared at the demonstration.
— Maree Ma (@maree_jun) August 16, 2019
The two groups faced off and exchanged heated words before police formed a line separating the groups.
Pro-China nationalistic mainlander crowd insulting Hong Kong protesters by calling them “traitors” and “dogs”, along with other Mandarin profanity. This is in Melbourne. #Melbourne#HongKongProtest pic.twitter.com/dMdrYR2slg
— Joshua Yakumangana (@joshyakumangana) August 16, 2019
The violence in Melbourne follows months of protests in Hong Kong over plans for laws allowing extraditions to mainland China.