Innocent Teenagers Indiscriminately Arrested and Compelled to Strip

The implementation of anti-mask law effective from 5 October 2019 has been a huge barrel of fuel poured on the fire which sparked even more protests in the streets. 

On 6 October 2019, protests were held in many districts all over the city, and some protesters called for “renovations” of pro-police restaurants.  In Sha Tin, a Maxim’s restaurant was damaged.  Riot cops then came to the scene and arrested more than 10 innocent youngsters at Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza.  Some of them were compelled to strip off their clothes.  A boy was even seen bleeding from the head because of a head injury caused when the cops gave chase to him.  Reporters had been unreasonably restricted from covering the scene.

District councillors Lai Tsz-yan and Hui Yui-yu had been there that night to try to understand the situation.  They told media that, according to witnesses, those arrested teenagers, mostly students from Christ College in Sha Tin, were in casual wear and did nothing but chatting outside Sha Tin Town Hall Plaza. “They had nothing to do with it,” Hui believed that those teenagers were not involved in property damage.

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