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Hong Kong: 159 protesters arrested during weekend protests – HK Police

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
September 02, 2019 at 19:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

A total of 159 people were arrested during the intense clashes with the police over the weekend, said Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mak Chin-ho, during a press conference on Monday in Hong Kong.

According to Mak, 132 man and 27 women between 13 and 58 years of age were arrested for unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons, and assaulting police officers among other offences.

“In total, these radical protesters have thrown as many as 100 petrol bombs randomly across the city. They have thrown petrol bombs onto the streets, endangering civilians and damaging shops in the vicinity,” he said.

Mak added that eight other people were arrested on Monday morning for possession of offensive weapons and breach of injunctions during operations targeting “acts of violence and breaches of the peace.”

Regarding the arrest of a 13-year-old protester, the Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch, John Tse Chun-chung, said that he was charged for possession of offensive weapons after being found with two petrol bombs.

Hong Kong police were out in force in the town of Tung Chung, on the territory's southwestern Lantau Island, on Sunday after protesters attempted to disrupt road and rail links to the nearby Hong Kong International Airport.

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the complete withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials, as well as for Chief Executive Carrie Lam's resignation.

A total of 1,117 people have reportedly been arrested since June.

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A total of 159 people were arrested during the intense clashes with the police over the weekend, said Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mak Chin-ho, during a press conference on Monday in Hong Kong.

According to Mak, 132 man and 27 women between 13 and 58 years of age were arrested for unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons, and assaulting police officers among other offences.

“In total, these radical protesters have thrown as many as 100 petrol bombs randomly across the city. They have thrown petrol bombs onto the streets, endangering civilians and damaging shops in the vicinity,” he said.

Mak added that eight other people were arrested on Monday morning for possession of offensive weapons and breach of injunctions during operations targeting “acts of violence and breaches of the peace.”

Regarding the arrest of a 13-year-old protester, the Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch, John Tse Chun-chung, said that he was charged for possession of offensive weapons after being found with two petrol bombs.

Hong Kong police were out in force in the town of Tung Chung, on the territory's southwestern Lantau Island, on Sunday after protesters attempted to disrupt road and rail links to the nearby Hong Kong International Airport.

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the complete withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials, as well as for Chief Executive Carrie Lam's resignation.

A total of 1,117 people have reportedly been arrested since June.

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