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Bus passengers told to stop 'illegal assembly'

2019-09-04 HKT 00:48
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  • A crowd of people heckles the police at a bus stop in Ngau Tau Kok. Photo: RTHK
    A crowd of people heckles the police at a bus stop in Ngau Tau Kok. Photo: RTHK
Police warned a crowd of people waiting for buses in Kowloon Bay that they were participating in an illegal assembly as tensions again flared between the force and members of the public on Tuesday night.

Problems began when police stopped a KMB 42C service bound for Lam Tin, which they believed about 30 anti-extradition protesters had boarded after blocking Nathan Road in Mong Kok and Lung Cheung Road in Wong Tai Sin with makeshift barricades.

As police searched passengers' belongings and checked their identification for two hours, buses were unable to use the stop on Kwun Tong Road and the queue of passengers and residents swelled, surrounding the police and chanting angry slogans.

"That's ridiculous," said one 20-year-old woman. "Around here the bus is the most convenient way to go. The nearest MTR station is kilometres away.

"It is ridiculous that right now the bus station is right in front of me and I cannot take the bus for no good reason. They have not provided any cause to make this search."

Another man said: "I just live near here and I would like to take the bus to visit my friend here but when I got here I just saw a lot of police here.

"They didn't tell us what is happening here, they just ordered us to find buses somewhere else. They have no clear instructions to us on where we can take the bus or when the supply of buses will come here."

Several young people were seen being taken away by the police.
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Last updated: 2018-09-04 HKT 01:48