Gov't condemns illegal acts

August 17, 2019

The Government condemned the illegal acts of some protesters in Kowloon City and Yau Tsim Mong today.


The Government said in a statement that some protesters deviated from the approved route and occupied roads for their procession. They defaced the office of lawmakers and district facilities of an organisation along the way.


Some people also gathered outside a police station and hurled objects at it.


The Government said such acts challenged Hong Kong’s rule of law and breached the public peace.


Police also condemned the protesters’ behaviour.


In a statement, Police said they began a dispersal operation after repeated warnings to protesters gathered in Mong Kok went unheard.


A large group of protesters gathered on a footbridge near Mong Kok Road and hurled objects at police officers and vehicles under the footbridge.


An iron bucket and a litter container they threw hit the top of a police vehicle.


To protect members of the public, police officers and everyone at the scene, an officer shot a bean bag round at the assailant on the footbridge.


The Police reiterated they respect the right to express views peacefully and freedom to participate in public meetings and processions.


They also appealed to protesters to take into consideration public safety and order.

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