26 fined amid Sheung Tak vigilTop News | Maisy Mok and Carine Chow 10 Aug 2020
Sixteen men and eight women were fined for breaching public health measures as they gathered outside a Tseung Kwan O car park where a Hong Kong University of Science and Technology student fell nine months ago.
Many among them wore reflective vests when they gathered Saturday night outside the Sheung Tak Estate car park.
People started gathering at around 6 pm for the memorial of Alex Chow Tsz-lok, 22, who fell one story inside the car park on November 4 and died four days later.
A police spokesman said yesterday that officers stopped and searched over 40 people that night.
The 24 people were each fined HK$2,000 for breaching the social gathering cap of two people. Two other men were fined the same amount for not wearing their masks properly.
The spokesman said 16 in the group who were wearing reflective vests were found not to be conducting any reporting work or were employed by any media organization. The youngest participant was 12 years old.
The spokesman said the police condemned those disguised themselves as reporters.
More than 20 people wearing reflective vests were standing in front of the tribute filled with flowers and candles. They were besieged by more than 10 police who set up cordon lines at around 7 pm to search and check their credentials.
Two reporters from online media organization Jak Lai Times inside the cordon line were each fined a HK$2,000 fine that night. All have to pay the fixed penalty before August 29.
One woman said she was preparing to cross the road when officers rushed forward and fined her. She claimed she did not know the other three people stopped around her.