1,000 civilians surround Kwai Chung Police Station after police officially charge 44 protesters for inciting riot in Sheung Wan on 28/7 (Updated)

30th July 2019 – (Hong Kong) After conducting police investigations and seeking advice from Department of Justice, police officially charged 44 of the 49 arrested for inciting riot during the clash on 28th July in Sheung Wan. 49 people were arrested during the clash including 32 men and 17 women aged between 16-41 years old.

One of the protesters, a 33 year old man was charged with an additional offence of assaulting police officer. Another 24 year old man was charged with possession of offensive weapon. They will all appear at the Eastern Magistrates’ Courts tomorrow. 2 of them were out on bail pending police investigation while 2 men and 2 women were released.

Meanwhile, police said that they will arrest more people shortly.

Kwai Chung Police Station.

At around 7pm today, around 500 people gathered at Kwai Chung Police Station to show solidarity for those who were charged. Roller shutter was pulled down and the gate outside the police station was closed.

Armed police officers suddenly retreated at around 8pm.

The civilians then occupied Kwai Chung Road and shouted ‘Shame on police’, ‘Exonerate those who are charged!’ and ‘Revive Hong Kong revolution’. Earlier, many shielded police officers were on stand off with civilians. The tense situation lasted till 8pm when police officers retreated abruptly. At 9pm, more than 1,000 people have surrounded the police station.

Protesters braced the rain to stand outside the police station.