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Police accuse protesters of hurling smoke bombs

2019-12-01 HKT 20:12
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  • Police say some people had caused chaos by throwing smoke bombs by the Empire Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday afternoon. Photo: RTHK
    Police say some people had caused chaos by throwing smoke bombs by the Empire Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui on Sunday afternoon. Photo: RTHK
The Police said on Sunday that officers were forced to use force against ‘rioters’ who allegedly hurled smoke bombs during a rally in Tsim Sha Tsui in the afternoon.

The force said in a statement that the smoke bombs had ‘stirred up public fear’ and caused ‘chaos’, and therefore officers at the scene had no alternative but to use the ‘minimum necessary force’ to stop the illegal acts.

Organisers of the ‘Never Forget’ rally – aimed at reminding people of the five core demands of the anti-extradition movement – claimed a turnout of at least 380,000 people. Police put the number of people present during the peak of the protest at 16,000. Participants had occupied Salisbury Road for a time.

Separately, police also said they’re hunting for a man suspected of bashing a man on the head with a manhole cover on Saturday night, while the victim was trying to clear a makeshift roadblock at the intersection of Nathan Road and Mong Kok Road.

The man appeared to lose consciousness momentarily, and was rushed to hospital after being treated on the scene by a volunteer medic.

The force condemned the ‘violent act’ by ‘rioters’, noting that the man had sustained serious injuries.


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Last updated: 2019-12-01 HKT 21:35