Date
19 August 2017
Anti-Occupy groups confront pro-democracy activists outside Lok Fu Plaza on Sunday. The picture on the right shows student leader Lester Shum distributing flyers to passers-by in Wanchai district. Photos: Dash, HKEJ
Anti-Occupy groups confront pro-democracy activists outside Lok Fu Plaza on Sunday. The picture on the right shows student leader Lester Shum distributing flyers to passers-by in Wanchai district. Photos: Dash, HKEJ

Confrontations as Occupy activists hold roadshows

Angry confrontations broke out between some pro- and anti-Occupy groups near Lok Fu Plaza in central Kowloon on Sunday, Apple Daily reported.

Chaos erupted as some people tried to disturb the street stalls set up by Occupy protesters opposite the building, the report said.

The scene led to police intervention. In the melee, one police officer was knocked down to the ground by Ma Lai-mei, a member of the Shantou Political Consultative Conference, according to the report.

Over 20 representatives from Scholarism, Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) and a few other organizations gathered near Lok Fu Plaza yesterday as part of a community-level initiative to promote the idea and explain the rationale behind the civil disobedience campaign.

However, they were greeted by members of the opposing camp, leading to chaotic scenes and confrontations.

Ma Lai-mei, who owns a restaurant at Lok Fu Plaza, together with another woman surnamed Ho, were arrested by the police for fighting in a public place.

The incident started when a male anti-Occupy member was alleged to have punched at a female occupy protester’s chest. The attack happened when the female activist was distributing promotional leaflets to passers-by.

When the police arrived and arrested the male suspect, Ma, dressed in pink, should up with a group of people. Amid fiery exchange of words between the two camps, the woman surnamed Ho was said to be hit.

Ma was reported to have hit back the person whom she believed had punched Ho. A police officer then came up to Ma and said she was under arrest. There was chaos again and the police officer fell to the ground after receiving a punch, a witness was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Ma also fell to the ground, claiming she was also attacked. Ma and the police officer were both taken to the hospital.

Elsewhere, in other districts, almost all street stalls set up by Occupy protesters were surrounded by members of the opposing camps. Legislative Councilors Lee Cheuk-yan and Fernando Cheung, both from the Labour Party, said they were being yelled at near their stalls in Tuen Mun and Tai Po.

Civil Human Rights Front’s Johnson Yeung, who was tasked with manning the street stall at Tsuen Wan, said he was surrounded by people who claimed to be the rural representatives of the district.

HKFS deputy secretary-general Lester Shum was also disturbed when he was hosting a street stall outside the Wan Chai MTR station. Police had to be called in, and they separated the people with barricades.

Scholarism’s Joshua Wong said as many as 21 street stalls were set up across five districts on Sunday. Only the one outside Kwai Fong MTR station was undisturbed, he said.

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