Riot police intimidate worshippers with microphone, and arrest incense-goers
Four months after the 8.31 Prince Edward station attack, more than 10 people gathered outside Prince Edward Station at 18:00 p.m., some citizens laid white flowers outside the station, but the riot police went to the station and took away the white flowers, put them into black plastic bags and took them to Mongkok Police Station.
The citizens then laid flowers outside the station again and lit candles on the ground. Riot police intimidated that people at the scene could be charged with arson and littering for lighting candles and laying flowers, causing discontent among the public at the scene and some even confronted the riot police. On the police station platform, a police officer repeatedly used a megaphone to ask people stop lighting candles, warned that people there had been videotaped, and they could be fined if convicted.
At around 19:00pm, a number of police officers suddenly rushed to Prince’s Station and used pepper spray(OC Foam) and batons to subdue several people who were laying flowers.
Citizens were angry with the police action and shouted “release them”, but riot police officers yelled “shut up” and rushed into the crowd to subdue at least one more person.
Laws of Hong Kong Cap.245 Public Order Ordinance
Part I number 2:
meeting (集會) means any gathering or assembly of persons convened or organized for the purpose of the discussion of issues or matters of interest or concern to the general public or a section thereof, or for the purpose of the expression of views on such issues or matters, and includes any gathering or assembly of persons whether or not previously convened or organized at which any person assumes or attempts to assume control or leadership thereof for any such purpose; but does not include any gathering or assembly of persons convened or organized exclusively—
(a) for social, recreational, cultural, academic, educational, religious or charitable purposes, or as a conference or seminar bona fide intended for the discussion of topics of a social, recreational, cultural, academic, educational, religious, charitable, professional, business or commercial character;
(b) for the purpose of a funeral;
(c) for the purposes of any public body; or
(d) for the purpose of carrying out any duty or exercising any power imposed or conferred by any Ordinance; (Replaced 67 of 1980 s. 2)
Related: 31st December 2019, four months after the 8.31 Prince Edward station attack831