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Hong Kong Police Arrest 115 After biggest Outbreak Of Protest Violence Since Coronavirus Crisis

March 01 Banepa.

Hong Kong police on Sunday said they had arrested 115 people after a night of chaos in Mong Kok and Prince Edward that marked the first major outbreak of anti-government protest violence since the start of the coronavirus crisis.

Seventy-one men and 44 women, aged 15 to 54, were detained on suspicion of taking part in unauthorised assemblies, possession of offensive weapons and instruments fit for unlawful purpose, arson, attacking police officers and obstructing them in the execution of their duties.

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The incident in Mong Kok occurred after about 100 protesters gathered to block Nathan Road, marking six months since major clashes on August 31. The crowd grew in size later into the night.

According to police, protesters threw bricks, stones, bamboo sticks and other hard objects at an officer, who pulled out his gun as he believed his life was in danger.

The officer suffered injuries to his head, arms and legs, and was sent to the Caritas Medical Centre, while another officer was also attacked with bricks, and sustained injuries to his arms.

Police had arrived at the scene at 8pm and used non-lethal weapons to disperse the crowds and clear the roadblock near Prince Edward MTR station, firing about 10 rounds of tear gas. A fire was set on the road, but firefighters soon put it out.

Some reporters standing among the protesters were pepper-sprayed as police dispersed the crowds. Two people required medical assistance and left the scene by ambulance. At least one man was subdued by police.

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