Date
22 October 2017
Hundreds of police officers are deployed in Mong Kok on Saturday night. Photo: Reuters
Hundreds of police officers are deployed in Mong Kok on Saturday night. Photo: Reuters

What really happened in Mong Kok: a blow-by-blow account

What really happened in Mong Kok on Saturday night?

People who were not there might be confused by the chaotic scenes shown on television, while government officials and pro-Beijing media blamed “radicals” and “rioters” for the violence.

But let’s look at the facts.

About 20 minutes before midnight, some protesters in front of the road block at the intersection of Argyle Street and Nathan Road were spreading the word that they would re-occupy the area at 12:00 a.m.

At 12:06, some protesters started grabbing the iron fences and shaking them, but none of them crossed the line.

Within two minutes, the police, equipped with batons, shields and helmets, controlled the situation with the use of pepper spray. Protesters on the frontline opened their umbrellas in what they described as a defense mode.

By 12:09, the yellow square at the center of the two roads had been fully occupied by the armed officers. The situation was under control and no protesters could step forward.

Several officers unfurled red flags that read “Stop Charging Or We Use Force”.

However, shortly thereafter, the police, without giving any notice, suddenly changed to attack mode, charging protesters on Nathan Road and pushing them back.

Scores of protesters fell down and many were injured as police used their batons and shields.

Police also smashed several of the protesters’ tents and a supply depot.

In a matter of six minutes, police were able to charge about 50 meters. 

Then the police stopped the attack. They agreed to step back 20 meters.

During the entire incident, from 12:09 to 12:16, no protesters were seen attacking the police.

Who created the chaotic scenes? The video speaks for itself:

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Occupy protesters stand in front of the road blocks at the intersection of Argyle Street and Nathan Road. Photo: EJ Insight


Police put on their helmets and prepare their shields at 12:00 a.m. Photo: EJ Insight


Hundreds of police officers arrive at the intersection of Argyle Street and Nathan Road. Photo: EJ Insight


Some protesters start shaking the iron fences at 12:06, but police are able to take control of the situation. Protesters change to a defense mode. Photo: EJ Insight


The police occupy the intersection. No protesters can step forward. Photo: EJ Insight


Police suddenly charge into the crowd at 12:09 a.m. Photo: EJ Insight


Many protesters fall down while others are pinned between the retreating protesters and the road blockades. Photo: EJ Insight


The police use batons and their shields to hit the protesters. Photo: EJ Insight


Police smash the tents and a supply depot. Photo: EJ Insight


Police continue charging for six minutes until the protesters have been pushed back for 50 meters. Photo: EJ Insight


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