'Lady Liberty' erected above Hong Kong

In the dead of night, several dozen Hong Kong protesters scaled the city's Lion Peak early on Sunday (October 13), carrying with them their version of Lady Liberty.

The three-meter statue represents an injured protester, believed by activists to have been shot in the eye by a police projectile, and holds a banner saying 'revolution of our time, liberate Hong Kong'.

Alex, one of the protesters, says he hopes it will inspire people to keep fighting.

Hong Kong's Lady Liberty can be seen from the city below where, on Sunday, she watched over protesters and riot police clashing in chaotic scenes.

Several rallies were held in shopping centers against what is seen as Beijing's tightening grip on the city.

Police made numerous arrests and deployed tear gas after hardcore activists trashed shops and metro stations and erected road blocks.

More than 2,300 people have been arrested since the demonstrations started in June.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says 40% of those detained since September were under the age of 18 and 10% under the age of 15.