Hong Kong police appealed to protesters to refrain from disruptive acts as they called for an end to the reckless violence of the past several weeks.
Police arrested four males aged from 22 to 44 on Wednesday and Thursday on charges including unlawful assembly and false imprisonment, said Tse Chun-chung, chief superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch.
It is high time to say “No” to such random and reckless violence ... more radical protesters are turning their malicious rhetoric into reality
Riotous mobs flocked to the streets outside the Mong Kok Police Station, pointing laser beams and setting up barricades in front of the station, Tse said.
In addition to deploying anti-riot police officers, the police force also sent in officers specializing in negotiations to cool the situation down, but after multiple attempts of communication and subsequent warnings fell on deaf ears, the police had no other choice but to disperse the crowds, Tse said.
Meanwhile, as many as 100 rioters vandalized the Po Lam MTR station on Wednesday night, smashing up facilities such as turnstiles and even victimizing innocent citizens. At one point, they even surrounded and assaulted a female passenger as well as several MTR staffers who tried to maintain order.
Separately, in another incident on Wednesday, a van driver left his vehicle and pointed a pistol directly at the police officers in North Point. Many passers-by were in the area and intimidated by such a reckless act, Tse said.
In an attempt to keep things from spiraling out of control, officers on the scene quickly drew their revolvers, and managed to make the gunman put down his weapon. The suspect was later arrested for possession of an imitation firearm and other offensive weapons, as a BB-bullet speed loader, and police officers found two surgical knives in his van.
Tse said it is really difficult for police officers to decide in a split-second whether a pistol is an imitation firearm or a real one, so it’s necessary for them to contain the situation with a certain level of force.
Subway stations were vandalized, police stations were under siege, and false accusations went unchecked and ran rampant, according to Tse, who added that all those malicious acts are aimed at ripping apart the fabric of society.
It is high time to say “No” to such random and reckless violence, said Tse, who added that more radical protesters are turning their malicious rhetoric into reality.
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