Police action supported

July 1, 2020

The Government today condemned protesters for conducting unlawful assemblies and committing violent and illegal acts and fully supported Police’s enforcement actions to bring offenders to justice.


Around noon, some people committed illegal and violent acts in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai and Tin Hau. They also neglected the possible risk of spreading COVID-19 by gathering.


They assembled on Hong Kong Island and chanted slogans, dug out bricks, damaged roadside fences, committed arson, blocked roads as well as damaged shops, seriously endangering public order and safety.


Some of them possessed and waved flags and printed materials and chanted slogans containing the words Hong Kong independence. They are suspected of inciting or abetting others to commit secession and violating the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.


The Government severely condemned such acts which publicly challenged the bottom line of the Central People's Government and the Hong Kong SAR Government.


Police have acted with restraint and tolerance but some rioters deliberately and severely injured police officers.


One rioter drove a motorcycle into officers who were executing their duties nearby, inflicting injuries on three officers.


Separately, a police officer was surrounded and attacked by several rioters when subduing a suspect. Attempting to snatch the suspect, the rioters attacked the officer, who was injured with a sharp object.


However, an online news outlet completely distorted the facts when reporting on the incident, claiming the officer had pushed a protester to the ground, while citizens nearby jointly fended off the officer. 


The Government strongly condemned these riotous acts and the irresponsible report.


It highly commended Police for holding fast to their duties and taking enforcement actions in accordance with the law, fully supporting them in strictly enforcing the National Security Law and the laws of Hong Kong to restore social order and peace.


As of 10pm, about 370 people were arrested, including six men and four women who are suspected of having breached the National Security Law. Others were arrested for offences, including unlawful assembly, disorderly conduct in a public place, furious driving and possession of an offensive weapon.

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