Masked and disguised police officers roamed a shopping centre, provoking the public and threatening with pepper spray. Security guards stated no calls to police was made.
In response to calls on the internet for a ‘Shop With You’ gathering, more than a hundred people turned up at Habour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, where they marched and chanted slogans.
During the event, members of the public spotted around twenty police officers in plainclothes, including the Assistant District Commander of Yau Tsim District, Tsang Chung Bun. Police officers stopped several people at the shopping centre, and engaged in verbal provocations with members of the public. Shopping centre security guards who tried to intervene emphasized that Harbour City did not call the police, however the police officers refused to leave and continued to wander around the centre.
At least six people within the march were suspected by members of the public to be plainclothes officers, resulting in heated verbal exchange between the two groups. One of the suspected plainclothes officers was recognised as Assistant District Commander Tsang, and he confirmed his identify upon the request of a reporter.
In the several hours of the gathering, plainclothes officers, masked and dressed in black and led by Tsang, followed the marching group and was reproached by members of the public.
The public gathered at the shopping centre continued with their march, with frequent outbursts between the group and the officers. A man was restrained for supposedly yelling “Be careful you don’t get seperated!” at the officers. The man, who was not arrested, later stated that he had not said that and claimed that he had already been stopped by the police earlier in the gathering.
Assistant District Commander Tsang acknowledged that pepper spray was deployed by an officer on the second floor of the shopping centre.