6 protestors aged between 20-66 years old arrested while government issues statement

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8th July 2019 – (Hong Kong) A total of 4 men and 2 women aged between 20-66 years old were arrested during the protest yesterday. Hong Kong Press Photographers Association issued a statement at 4.40am today condemning police officers for using their shields against press reporters.

Most protestors dispersed at around 1.30am and traffic on Nathan Road was restored at 1.40am.

Meanwhile, government made an announcement at 2.20am today with regards to the public event that took place in Kowloon yesterday:

An organisation conducted a public event yesterday (July 7) in which public procession started at 3.30pm from Salisbury Garden and finished at the open area of Wui Man Road outside Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. The organisation announced the event completed at 5.30pm and it was generally peaceful and orderly. During the event, Police arrested one person for failing to produce proof of identity.

     Some protestors then gathered at the vicinity of Canton Road. They even blocked Canton Road around 8pm to 9pm. From 9pm, protestors occupied northbound of Nathan Road, passing through Tsim Sha Tsui, Jordan, Yau Ma Tei and arrived Mong Kok. Police set up cordon line at the junction of Nathan Road and Argyle Street. Police made repeated warnings to the protestors that they were participating in an unlawful assembly and urged them to leave or Police would take actions to disperse the crowd.

     After repeated but futile warnings, Police took actions to disperse the protestors around 11pm. During the process, some protestors resisted and police arrested five persons for assaulting a police officer and obstructing a police officer in the execution of duties.

     Police respect the public’s freedoms of expression, speech and assembly. It is the policy of Police to facilitate all peaceful public events while at the same time ensuring public safety and public order. Police strongly condemn the illegal acts of protestors for blocking the roads.