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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.

M/S Police officials entering press room, Hong Kong

M/S Hong Kong police seal

M/S Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mak Chin-ho, showing bottle used as a petrol bomb during protest *NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*

SOT, Mak Chin-ho, Assistant Commissioner of Police: “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. Various government buildings, LegCo building, central government complex, and the police headquarters also came under the attack of petrol bombs. Some even threw petrol bombs from a foot bridge on to the police officers underneath.” *NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE*

M/S Police officials showing scenes from protests on TV screen

SOT, Mak Chin-ho, Assistant Commissioner of Police: “Some people trespassed and threw objects, such as stones, steel bars, and a section of track near the airport station on the airport express. As an injunction order is in force at the airport, all these radical protesters could be liable to the offence contempt of court. On the other hand, such rampant acts spread to other key transport infra-structure, mainly the MTR, day and night rioters vandalised around one third of all MTR stations in Hong Kong."

C/U Scenes from protests on TV screen

SOT, Mak Chin-ho, Assistant Commissioner of Police: “Between Friday and Sunday, we arrest[ed] 159 people in total, aged between 13 and 58, consisting in 132 males and 27 females. They were arrest[ed] for offences like unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapon, assaulting police officers, etc. This morning, we mount[ed] operations targeting acts of violence and breaches of the peace. We arrest[ed] eight people for possession of offensive weapon and breach of injunction outside different MTR stations."

M/S Bottles allegedly used for petrol bombs on display

SOT, John Tse Chun-chung, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch: "Basically, we have arrested a 13-year-old kid who was in possession of two petrol bombs. Three other petrol bombs were left behind at the scene. The case is now investigated by the regional crime unit of the Kowloon West

region. He was charged on the offence of possession of offensive weapons this morning, and arranged to appear before a Town city magistrate this afternoon."

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SOT, John Tse Chun-chung, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch: “[The] Police has zero tolerance for such violence acts, and when entering MTR stations to enforce the law, basically we do not have to obtain any consent in advance.”

W/S Police officials leaving press room

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