24 August 2019
Police said the Now TV engineer hurt a policeman with his ladder. Photos: Now TV, Ming Pao
Police said the Now TV engineer hurt a policeman with his ladder. Photos: Now TV, Ming Pao

Now TV employee arrested in Mong Kok protest dispersal

Police arrested a Now TV engineer during clearing operations in Mong Kok on Tuesday night, RTHK reported.

In a statement, the pay-TV operator called the arrest “frustrating and regrettable”, saying the employee was a member of the news team covering the police operation in the Occupy protest zone.

Police said he was arrested for attacking an officer with a camera ladder.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association condemned the arrest. 

“Police will deal with all illegal activities impartially, no matter what the profession and background of the detainees are. We will handle the case fairly,” a police spokeswoman was quoted as saying. 

The 34-year-old man attacked an officer with a ladder on Shanghai Street in Mong Kok on Tuesday night, injuring the officer in his right ankle and prompting other officers to arrest him, the spokeswoman said.

She reminded journalists covering police operations, particularly those who position themselves between the police and the protesters, to take care of their personal safety to avoid injury.

“The authorities will investigate the case impartially,” Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said, adding that those who were able to shoot a video of the incident should come forward to help in the investigation.

In Tuesday’s operation, police arrested a total of 116 people for various offences including unlawful assembly, assaulting police, possession of offensive weapons and obstructing police officers. Twenty officers were injured, police said. 

Lai also urged protesters to leave the area and not to block the roads or attack the police.

“Police are determined and capable of enforcing the law decisively, in order to resume traffic and restore social order,” he said. 

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The engineer was pressed on the floor by police and injured. He was then arrested for attacking police. Photos: Now TV

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