Date
17 December 2017
People scamper to safety as the Mercedes-Benz car plows through. Later, the driver (right) surnamed  Cheung, said he had every right to use the road. Photo: Now TV, Apple Daily
People scamper to safety as the Mercedes-Benz car plows through. Later, the driver (right) surnamed Cheung, said he had every right to use the road. Photo: Now TV, Apple Daily

Car charges into Mong Kok protesters, no injuries

A speeding Mercedes-Benz car charged into a crowd of protesters in Mong Kok, causing panic but no injuries, Ming Pao Daily reported Tuesday.

The driver was later arrested after the car license registration was traced to a man surnamed Cheung.

The black luxury vehicle with plate No. SM5654 came out of nowhere and headed into a group of protesters in Argyle Street and Nathan Road shortly before 2 a.m.

The driver sped away, with some protesters giving chase, the report said.

The incident was captured on video by a reporter who later obtained the car’s registration details from the Transport Department, leading to the suspect’s arrest.

The man claimed he was in a hurry to meet someone and insisted that as taxpayer he had a right to use the road that was being occupied by the protesters, according to Apple Daily. 

Some protesters said the suspect tried to provoke the crowd and could have acted deliberately to harass them.

Later, the protesters blocked the road with cars and and trucks.  

Chan Kin-man, a co-organizer of Occupy Central which is spearheading the protest, warned trouble makers might infiltrate the movement.

He questioned why the police couldn’t stop such an incident from happening.

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