Police enter malls to disperse protesters on Mother's DayLocal | 10 May 2020 4:39 pm
Police entered several malls including Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui after netizens proposed flash mob singing protests and a rally on Mother's Day.
A rally was proposed from Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok, with the clock tower next to ferry pier as the starting point.
More than 100 police officers arrived at the proposed starting time of 2pm, stopping people from gathering.
Several citizens were stopped and searched near the ferry pier and police issued them with HK$2,000 fixed penalty tickets for violating the group gathering ban of no more than eight people.
Police later entered the nearby shopping mall Harbour City where more than 100 protesters chanted slogans and sang the protest anthem - “Glory to Hong Kong”, but people have been dispersed before officers getting in.
Protests also took place in shopping malls across the city including Sha Tin, Taikoo Shing, Tuen Mun, Mong Kok and Tsuen Wan.
About 100 protesters gathered at New Town Plaza, chanted slogans and sang the protest anthem - "Glory to Hong Kong".
Riot police officers patrolled outside the shopping mall in Sha Tin, stopped and searched a number of youngsters.
Police said on Facebook that some netizens have called upon people to stage hit-and-run protests in shopping malls today.
The force strongly condemned any incitement to commit breaches of the peace.
Police said Mother’s Day is a festive day for everyone to enjoy quality family time, and said the “ill-intentioned parties” incited others to “wreak havoc” and their activities have “ruined the holiday mood” and endangered public safety.