2019.10.27 Rally in Tsim Sha Tsui on Police Brutality, Safeguarding Civilians and Standing With Journalists
Today, citizens gathered once again in Tsim Sha Tsui to organise the “Investigate Police Brutality, Safeguard Our Citizens, Stand with Journalists” rally in order to demonstrate against recent events of increasing violence and indiscriminate arrests of civilians, first-aiders and journalists. As large crowds of peaceful demonstrators gathered near the Hong Kong Space Museum, riot police suddenly began to stop and search people on site and fired multiple rounds of tear gas to disperse the crowd. Witnesses recalled police officers suddenly firing tear gas rounds directly at the crowd, causing the demonstrators and civilians passing by to escape towards Nathan Road and Tsim Sha Tsui East, but around a hundred civilians instead found refuge at The Peninsula Hong Kong which is opposite to the Space Museum.
Protestors later created barricades near Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui and were in stand-off against police. Multiple tear gas rounds were fired by the police to disperse the crowd, and many protestors were arrested during escape. At 6 PM, a water cannon truck that had been on a longer period of stand-by was seen mobilising across Nathan Road and fired jets of water in the direction of Mody Road.
Protestors who first gathered in Tsim Sha Tsui had already begun to to spread to multiple regions in Kowloon after the rally started, but many were arrested as well. At the intersection between Argyle Road and Kadoorie Avenue, as many as 10 civilians in black clothing were captured. More were arrested on Pentland Street outside of Sung Wong Toi as well. Some protestors set up barricades outside of Sham Shui Po police station but were again met with arrest operation from the police.
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