28 held amid fury at clinic

Local | Cissy So 14 Feb 2020

Twenty-eight people were arrested after a protest against the establishment of a Covid-19 treatment clinic in Wong Tai Sin district.

The 20 males and eight females, aged from 15 to 57, were mostly arrested for unlawful assembly and loitering, while one of the males, aged 35, was arrested for obstructing police officers in the execution of duty after refusing to provide his identification documents.

Those arrested included volunteer paramedics and a Wong Tai Sin district councillor Yau Hon-pong. They were detained for further investigation.

More than 100 people gathered at a terrace in Fu Shan Estate on Wednesday night and marched to East Kowloon General Out-Patient Clinic in Diamond Hill.

Officers arrested the 28 after a stop-and-search operation in the area, as other residents were barred from returning home while police conducted the operation, despite not participating in the protest.

"A teenager walked past but was stopped and searched even when he proved that he was not involved [in the protest]," said Wong Tai Sin district councillor Carmen Lau Ka-man.

"But the police still took him to the police station and his parents were required to pick him up from the police station because he is underaged," Lau added.

As protesters arrived at the clinic, several set up makeshift barricades on Po Kong Village Road, with 50 police officers arriving to clear the road and charging at the protesters as several pointed their guns at residents.

"Setting barricades paralyzes traffic and obstructing emergency services," an officer said.

"Some of them even threw garbage on roads, endangering public health and undermining efforts to fighting the epidemic."

Meanwhile, police also received a report at midnight that the Sheung Shui Police Married Quarters on Po Wing Road was firebombed.

Two private cars were damaged, but no arrests were made.

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