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CE declines to comment police’s operation, tells public to resort to complaints if dissatisfied

2020/9/8 — 18:33

2020年9月6日,九龍遊行 (圖片來源:RTHK 影片截圖)

2020年9月6日,九龍遊行 (圖片來源:RTHK 影片截圖)

A 12-year-old female student was pinned down by a policeman to the ground by his knee as she was passing by Mongkok, where netizens organised a march on 6 September. A bus driver was also charged for possession of offensive weapon as he had a spanner with him.

Asked this morning (8 September) whether the police’s approach was inappropriate as the two incidents stirred up much controversy among the public, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, the HKSAR Chief Executive, responded that “it will not be right for the Chief Executive to give an opinion” on the law enforcement agencies’ actual operation on the ground, however assuring that every complaint in terms of the actions taken will be fully investigated.

On Sunday (6 September), the police mobilised their forces along Mongkok and Jordan areas, and arrested around 300 people during a march initiated by netizens. 

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That afternoon, a scared 12-year-old girl was pinned down to the ground on Sai Yeung Choi Street South by a policeman and restrained by his knee as she tried to run away. She was eventually charged for not observing the gathering restrictions order. 

The girl’s mother told media that her daughter and son were just going to Mongkok for painting materials. She was furious at the violence of the police.

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In the same afternoon, a bus driver of New World First Bus was arrested by the police for ‘unreasonable honking’ when driving along Nathan Road. Later, the police charged him for dangerous driving. Finding a spanner from his pocket, the police also charged him for possession of offensive weapon. 

After the incident, Lam Kam-biu, the director of the New World First Bus workers’ union, explained that it is common for bus drivers for bringing along palm-sized spanners on their duty for adjusting the rear-view mirrors. 

Some bus drivers are also dissatisfied with the police’s way of handling the incident, saying they might resort to a work-to-rule protest.

Sources:
警撲倒 12 歲女生、被指濫捕新巴司機 林鄭:不評論執法行動,市民不滿可投訴/立場報道
【9.6 九龍遊行】12 歲少女遭警騎身制服 母︰子女逛街買粉彩 警:事主形跡可疑/立場報道
【9.6 遊行】車長被指危駕、藏攻擊性武器被捕 新巴職工會:司機常備士巴拿以調校倒後鏡/立場報道

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