- Title: Hong Kong police warns public not to join weekend protests
- Date: 30th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 30, 2019) (REUTERS) OFFICIALS FROM HONG KONG POLICE FORCE ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, TSE CHUN CHUNG SAYING: "This morning police arrested a man with surname Wong for inviting people to join unauthorised protests, participated in unauthorised protests, as well as organised and incited unauthorised protests. On the same day in Tai Po, a woman with surname Chow was also arrested for inciting and participating in unauthorised protests. Both were charged and sent to Eastern Magistrates' Court. Given it is an ongoing case I cannot give more comments." NEWSER IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT, TSE CHUN CHUNG SAYING: "Yesterday in Hong Kong International airport we also arrested him (Andy Chan) who was charged with participating protests and attack the police, he is being detained for investigation. Because the case is being investigated we cannot give any detailed information." NEWSER IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) REGIONAL COMMANDER FOR HONG KONG ISLAND, KWOK PAK CHUNG SAYING: "I'm sure all of you know that all the people arrested today were linked to what had happened, so tomorrow's protest, whether anything will happen tomorrow we will continue to gather information and observe the situation. But for sure we are not against anyone specifically, but we will focus on the location where the protests could go wrong, this is what we care. Again I want to advise every citizen (of Hong Kong) not to test the law because we will respond with relevant action, we will not tolerate any violence act." NEWSER IN PROGRESS
- Embargoed: 13th September 2019 09:52
- Keywords: Hong Kong arrest Joshua Wong Agnes Chow protests
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001AUER87B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong police warned the public not to join weekend protests on Friday (August 30) after at least three prominent activists were arrested.
Wong, the icon of pro-democracy demonstrations five years ago that foreshadowed the latest turbulence, was arrested on suspicion of organising illegal protests. Another two activists, Agnes Chow and Andy Chan were arrested.
Authorities intensified a clampdown on unrest that has plunged the city into its biggest political crisis in more than two decades on Friday, as the city expects massive protests planned for August 31 to mark five years since Beijing ruled out direct elections for the city's chief executive.
Nearly 900 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began with frequent clashes between protesters and police, who have at times fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse activists.
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