Police condemn illegal acts

July 14, 2019

Police strongly condemned the deliberate attacks by violent protesters and stressed that all illegal and violent acts will be investigated and resolutely pursued.   


In a statement, the Police noted a procession was held in Sheung Shui yesterday and after it ended at about 5pm, a large number of people assembled unlawfully along Lung Sum Avenue, Lung Wan Street and San Wan Road.  


Police found that in a short period, a large number of equipment such as helmets and goggles were distributed premeditatedly. Some protesters collected a lot of iron poles and other offensive weapons, demolished the railings nearby, and blocked the roads with water barriers, railings and miscellaneous objects.


Meanwhile, some protesters argued with other people at the scene and attempted to charge and besiege police officers when the officers intervened. 


A large number of violent protesters charged police cordon lines and attacked police officers with different weapons and objects including iron poles and suspected irritating powder and liquid. 


Ten officers were discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment.  


Police took actions to disperse the protesters at around 8pm. The dispersal action concluded at 10.30pm, and all the blocked roads were reopened.    


Two men were arrested for unlawful assembly and non-payment of fine.


One of the arrestees was suspected of obstructing the advance of a police cordon line. When Police tried to approach the man for enquiry, he suddenly fled. After he arrived at a footbridge connecting Landmark North, the man climbed over the railings and attempted to jump off the footbridge. Police officers immediately held the man and rescued him. He was arrested for unlawful assembly.


The statement also noted that legislators and other people stood before police cordon lines, blocking officers from moving forward.


This obstructed the Police in performing their duties and put the lawmakers themselves as well as police officers, reporters and protesters in danger, the statement said.  

Members of the public should not obstruct police operations, or they might be liable to the offence of obstructing police officers, it added.

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