Police announce that the mass SMS messages sent to mobile phones of public yesterday are not meant to gather personal information and no one was arrested in yesterday’s peaceful gathering

19th August 2019 – (Hong Kong) Police announced that only 128,000 people participated in the Causeway Bay gathering while Civil Human Rights Front said there were 1.7m. Chief Superintendent TSE Chun-chung and Senior Superintendent KONG Wing-cheung of Police Public Relations Branch, Senior Superintendent LI Kwai-wah of Organized Crime and Triad Bureau, Superintendent FANG Chi-kin of Operations Wing together with Chief Inspector (Operations) KU Siu-fai of Hong Kong Island Region gave a media briefing this afternoon with regards to the gathering yesterday.

Chief Inspector (Operations) KU Siu-fai of Hong Kong Island Region told reporters yesterday that the gathering was peaceful and in order. However, there were some disruptions after it ended.

Chief Superintendent TSE Chun-chung said that police will not use force to disperse the protesters unless they use objects to barricade the roads. However at 8.15pm yesterday, there were several incidents after the gathering ended. One man clad in red was surrounded by protesters at the Government Headquarters while some used slingshots to hurl objects at the premises. Meanwhile, there were also several protesters who flashed laser pointers at police.

Police then clarified that there were several police officers clad in black at 10.40pm going into the police station but they were officers on duty and not protesters in disguise. Police also said the mass SMS messages sent to the mobile phones of public yesterday were not meant to gather personal information.

Senior Superintendent KONG Wing-cheung of Police Public Relations Branch said that no one was arrested during the gathering. With regards to the 21/7 Yuen Long Attack, Police also said that a total of 28 people have been arrested including one suspect yesterday. However, no one has been charged.