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Hong Kong: Police deny allegations arrests of activists linked to upcoming rally

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 30, 2019 at 14:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

Senior Hong Kong police officers denied allegations that the arrests of leading anti-government activists were linked to the upcoming mass rally at a news conference in Hong Kong on Friday.

"Basically, the timing of the arrest does not dictate our investigation .We will arrest a person as soon as we have gathered sufficient evidence to prove his or her offence. The allegation that we time our arrests is totally false. There are indeed public events every weekend in the past two months. So making an arrest today doesn't make any implication basically," said John Tse Chun-chung, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch.

The statement came after police banned a demonstration marking the anniversary of the 2014 Hong Kong protests on the weekend. Activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Andy Chan who were prominent during the rallies five years ago were arrested on Friday.

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Senior Hong Kong police officers denied allegations that the arrests of leading anti-government activists were linked to the upcoming mass rally at a news conference in Hong Kong on Friday.

"Basically, the timing of the arrest does not dictate our investigation .We will arrest a person as soon as we have gathered sufficient evidence to prove his or her offence. The allegation that we time our arrests is totally false. There are indeed public events every weekend in the past two months. So making an arrest today doesn't make any implication basically," said John Tse Chun-chung, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch.

The statement came after police banned a demonstration marking the anniversary of the 2014 Hong Kong protests on the weekend. Activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Andy Chan who were prominent during the rallies five years ago were arrested on Friday.

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SOT, Kwok Pak Chung, Police force's regional commander of the Hong Kong island: "The police prohibited a top meeting and objected to public processions proposed to be out tomorrow that is 31st of August. The organiser filed an appeal but appeal court on public meetings and processions rejected it and upheld our decisions."

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SOT, John Tse Chun-chung, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch: "Basically, the timing of the arrest does not dictate our investigation .We will arrest a person as soon as we have gathered sufficient evidence to prove his or her offence. The allegation that we time our arrests is totally false. There are indeed public events every weekend in the past two months. So making an arrest today doesn't make any implication basically. And I would like to hope the public do not lose sight or track of the issue. The track is very simple if someone breaks the law, the police will bring him or her to justice."

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SOT, Kwok Pak Chung, Police force's regional commander of the Hong Kong island "No matter what happened today regarding the for the previous cases is irrelevant to our planning. And I also will stress to those if they try to stir a problem or even try to display violence again on the street this is totally illegal and unacceptable."

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