New Year's 2020: Hong Kong skyline illuminated with electric light show | FULL

New Year's 2020: Hong Kong skyline illuminated with electric light show | FULL

Police fought with protesters who marched through a Hong Kong shopping mall on Saturday demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory in a fresh weekend of anti-government tension.

Sydney pressed ahead with its fireworks display despite some calls to cancel the celebrations in solidarity with fire-hit areas in New South Wales, of which the city is the capital.

A 20-year outdated college pupil who gave his title as Malcolm stated it was changing into tougher to stay optimistic concerning the prospect of change.

The huge bushfires have destroyed more than 4 million hectares (10 million acres), with new blazes sparked into life nearly daily by extremely hot and windy conditions in bushland left tinder-dry after a three-year drought. "We have to resist every day".

Further protests were planned Tuesday around the city, including on both sides of Victoria Harbor and at nightlife hot spot Lan Kwai Fong.

Dozens of protesters put down flowers near the Prince Edward metro station, the scene of some of the most violent clashes with the police this summer. Many shops closed early and shoppers hurried out of the mall.

Anti-government protests in Hong Kong first began in June over a proposed extradition law, which has since been withdrawn.

Protesters have been attacking malls in Hong Kong since the beginning of this week and more than a hundred protesters, many dressed in black with facial masks, marched through a mall in Sheung Shui on Saturday, singing "Return to China".

Authorities deployed 6,000 police officers as Chief Executive Carrie Lam appealed for calm and reconciliation in her New Year's Eve video message.

"Let's start 2020 with a new resolution, to restore order and harmony in society. So we can begin again, together", Ms Lam said.

People raise their cellphones lights as they form a human chain on New Year's Eve in Hong Kong.

Hong Kongers will never stop.

Chinese President Xi Jinping used his New Year's Eve address to defend China's system for running Hong Kong.

"Without a harmonious and stable environment, how can there be a home where people can live and work happily?" he said. "In 2020, I really hope it will be a better year for all Hong Kong people".

The previous march organised by the Civil Human Rights Front drew an estimated 800,000 people in early December.

Police have arrested almost 6,500 people since June - almost a third of them aged under 20.

"Tonight we expect a million people around the Harbour and a billion people around the world to watch Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations, which is Australia's biggest public event", City of Sydney Mayor Clover Moore told reporters.

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