Cops deny claims of undercover operatives at Sunday marchLocal | 19 Aug 2019 7:00 pm
The police denied using undercover agents at yesterday's march, after photos were circulated online of several people dressed like anti-extradition protesters walking into the Headquarters in Wan Chai, RTHK reports.
Footage of a group of men dressed in T-shirts entering the barricaded building circulated on social media from last night. It was alleged that they were police who had infiltrated the protest returning to their base.
But Senior Superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch, Kong Wing-cheung, said said today that they were in fact those who had to walk to duty due to the transport chaos. He said the footage taken around 10:40pm was showed them returning to police headquarters for duty.
The police said they had not deployed undercover officers during the rally last night.
Undercover agents were active in a protest at Causeway Bay on August 11 as it was an intelligence-led operation targeting some hardcore demonstrators who had organized and incited others to take violent action, the police said.
The police said that since the protests started in June, 178 police had been injured and that the uniformed policeman who suffered burns allegedly during an attack at the Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station on August 11, has been discharged from hospital and is recovering.