A man was knocked down and arrested by numerous police only because he yelled at them.
On 8th March 2020, citizens of Hong Kong who opposed the government’s plan to set up designated clinics demonstrated at Tai Po. Riot police arrived to the scene and subdued a number of civilians. Some of the citizens were subdued by plainclothes officers in black. Some spectators yelled at the police on a refuge island,only to be pulled all across the road by the police, who later on pepper sprayed more spectators.
Basic Law Article 27
Hong Kong residents shall have freedom of speech, of the press and of publication; freedom of association, of assembly, of procession and of demonstration; and the right and freedom to form and join trade unions, and to strike.
Basic Law Article 28
The freedom of the person of Hong Kong residents shall be inviolable. No Hong Kong resident shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful arrest, detention or imprisonment. Arbitrary or unlawful search of the body of any resident or deprivation or restriction of the freedom of the person shall be prohibited. Torture of any resident or arbitrary or
unlawful deprivation of the life of any resident shall be prohibited.
The Hong Kong Police Force had already issued guidelines on how to handle insulting behavior carried out by citizens on 17th March 2014. The action of insulting the police officers itself neither causes criminal offence nor violates the Common Law. The guidelines remind the officers to maintain restraint and patience. If the circumstances allow, officers should help cooling down the scene, while being aware of his/her own wordings and body language, in order not to worsen the situation.
Related event: 0308 demonstration of the opposition of the government’s plan to set up designated clinics