Repeated pepper-spraying on 6th month after 831 incident
29th February marked the 6th mensiversary of the 831 incident, where over 300 citizens and protesters gathered at the intersection between Prince Edward Road West and Nathan Road. While standing guard on Nathan Road, PTU officers gave a large cry towards the reporter squad, following by pepper-spraying them in front of the HKFTU branch in Prince Edward. Later at around 10:00 pm, an elderly woman who happened to just be passing by was pepper-sprayed in front of Allied Plaza, aimed by advancing officers.
Again, at around 11 pm, citizens and members of the press in the centre of Soy Street, Sai Yeong Choi Street and Nathan Road were suddenly surrounded by police, where they fired round after round of smoke grenades and pepper spray at the reporters and first-aiders on the scene.
Cap. 212 “Offences against the Person Ordinance” No.39：
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
Any person who is convicted of an assault occasioning actual bodily harm shall be guilty of an offence triable upon indictment, and shall be liable to imprisonment for 3 years.
Cap. 232A “Police (Discipline) Regulations” Part 1 No.3：
(2)The offences against discipline are—
(k)unlawful or unnecessary exercise of authority resulting in loss or injury to any other person or to the Government;
“Police General Orders” Chapter 39 No.39-05：
All officers at the scene of an incident shall:-
(a) facilitate the work of the news media as much as possible and accord media representatives consideration and courtesy; and
(b) not block camera lenses.
Related Issues: half year after 831 Prince Edward attack incident