Date
19 November 2017
Police officers display 'attack weapons' seized from protesters during a demonstration against parallel-goods traders in Yuen Long on Sunday. Photo: iCable
Police officers display 'attack weapons' seized from protesters during a demonstration against parallel-goods traders in Yuen Long on Sunday. Photo: iCable

Charges being pressed against 12 after Yuen Long clashes

Hong Kong authorities are pressing charges against 12 of the protestors who had been arrested over the weekend during a protest march against parallel-goods traders in Yuen Long district, Ming Pao Daily reported.

The police arrested a total of 38 people, aged 13 to 74, during the Sunday demonstration, which started out as a cry for the “return of normal life to local residents” but soon turned into clashes with the police and scuffles with opposing groups.

Police officers discharged 21 bursts of pepper spray and used batons to control the protesters.

Meanwhile, it was alleged that some protesters were carrying homemade attack weapons, including “DIY pepper spray”, flammable liquids, and shields made from washing machine lids.

At a media briefing Monday, police authorities displayed a number of items that were seized and classified as “attack weapons”, Apple Daily reported. The items included sunglasses, a gas mask, a walkie-talkie set and knee pads.

When asked by a reporter if all the things can really be called attack weapons, an officer said if any item was used to attack people, it can termed as an attack weapon.

Ten policemen were wounded in the Sunday clashes, with seven of them requiring treatment at hospitals.

Civic Passion and Frontline Democracy, two radical groups which organized the protest, have denied that their members had carried any homemade irritants or shields.

– Contact us at [email protected]

KZ/AC/RC

EJI Weekly Newsletter

Please click here to unsubscribe