Four individuals, three men and one woman, were arrested by the police during the protest late Sunday night and early Monday morning. They were aged between 39 and 65.
Two police officers were also hurt, said the police. One officer sustained leg injuries as a result of protesters throwing bricks, while the other sustained hand injuries, according to police.
A group of protesters who attended Sunday’s rally against Beijing’s decision to intervene in the LegCo oath-taking controversy took over parts of the road outside the China Liaison Office. Protesters clashed with police, who retaliated with pepper spray.
The demonstration, originally scheduled to end at the Court of Final Appeal, proceeded to the China Liaison Office – where Beijing’s organ in Hong Kong is housed on Connaught Road West. At least 4,000 protesters attempted to gather outside the Liaison Office at 6pm, against police instructions. Clashes between the police and protesters then ensued.
Two men and women were arrested for obstructing the police in the execution of their duties, while one man was arrested for failing to produce proof of identity.
The police said that it took action last night “to ensure public safety and maintain public order,” as well as “to resume traffic.”
It added that it “strongly condemned the unlawful behaviours of protesters” and it “will conduct follow-up investigation and will not rule out the possibility of further arrest action.”