The police force insists that the arrest of a university student leader for possession of offensive weapons after he was found carrying laser pointers was justified, but some legal professionals think otherwise.
The organiser of a potentially chaotic protest march planned for Saturday in Hong Kong’s northern town of Yuen Long has vowed to push on even though it would be an illegal assembly after police banned the gathering, citing a serious risk of violence. In a rare move, police on Thursday issued a letter of objection to the march, saying it was to ensure public order and safety, and to protect the rights and freedoms of others who would be affected, even as the organiser and scores of defiant citizens promised to go ahead regardless of the legal consequences.
法政匯思再次要求香港政府全面撤回逃犯條例修訂。即使面對暴徒目無法紀的暴行，我們仍要堅守香港的言論和集會自由。即使離恐懼式管治已經不遠，我們必須捍衛核心價值，絕不妥協。(The PLG continues to call on the Hong Kong Government to fully withdraw the extradition bill. In the face of lawless gang violence, we are more committed than ever to safeguarding Hong Kong’s freedom of expression and right of assembly. We shall never compromise our core values because of the attempt to rule by fear.)
HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s protesters tried on Wednesday to maintain a united front and take stock of the movement’s gains and losses, as the police said they had arrested 12 people involved in clashes near the city’s legislature Monday.
Once dubbed "Asia's Finest", Hong Kong's police are fighting allegations of using excessive violence against protesters, their headquarters besieged twice in the last week as calls for an independent inquiry into their tactics swell.
The British government will cease to issue any export licenses for crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong Police for concerns of human rights violation. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, echoed by many others in Hong Kong, including the Progressive Lawyer Group, Chan Man-mun S.C. and former Chief Secretary Anson Chan, urges for a independent investigation panel to be set up to investigate whether the use of force on June 12 was consistent with guidelines.
In early June, Ivan Ip, 22, joined a public chat group on Telegram called “Parade 69”, named for a mass demonstration planned in central Hong Kong to protest a bill allowing for the transfer of suspects from the city to China. According to Ip, an administrator of the group of more than 30,000 people, they discussed things like bringing sunscreen, water, and umbrellas to block the sun or rain.
Four major police unions are demanding a new law to criminalise behaviour insulting police officers, in light of the recent imprisonment of seven officers who assaulted activist Ken Tsang during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests. It is not the first time the suggestion has been made: police supporters and pro-establishment figures pushed for the idea during the Occupy demonstrations.