Seven picked up in raids over cop assaults

Local | Erin Chan 13 Mar 2020

A 13-year-old boy was among seven people arrested for assaulting four policemen during an assembly at Central on January 19.

Police analyzed hundreds of hours of closed-circuit TV and video footage before making the seven arrests in predawn raids in the Mid-Levels, Wong Tai Sin, Lam Tin, and Tseung Kwan O on Wednesday.

Superintendent Raymond Chou of the Narcotic Bureau said officers overcame "tremendous challenges" in making the arrests, as the suspects all wore masks and similar outfits during the incident. "We seized the outfits, shoes and rucksacks used by those we arrested," Chou said.

He said the seven, all males aged between 13 and 34, were arrested for wounding with intent and illegal assembly.

The teenager has been released on bail, while the rest were detained pending further investigation.

The assembly in January, which called for international sanctions against Hong Kong officials accused of abusing human rights, was attended by around 150,000 people, according to organizers.

Police officers demanded organizers end the event early, saying that they had failed to prevent protesters from building roadblocks and committing vandalism.

Some protesters also chased four officers to Cheung Kong Centre, where they allegedly assaulted them with sticks, bricks, and umbrellas.

Chou said the attack had left the four officers with head lesions, fractured skulls and broken fingers.

One organizer, Ventus Lau Wing-hong, was arrested on the same day.

Lau was charged with one count of inciting others to take part in an unlawful assembly and one of refusing or willfully neglecting to obey police officers' orders.

Lau appeared at Eastern Magistrates' Courts on January 21 and was granted bail of HK$10,000 in cash plus HK$10,000 surety until his next hearing on April 14.

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