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Hong Kong police arrest 3 men for storming legislature

The Hong Kong police have arrested three men over the July 1 storming of the Legislative Council.

legco storming Monday July 1

Photo: May James.

The three – aged between 19 and 29 – were arrested on suspicion of the offence of “entering or remaining in precincts of [the] Chamber” under the Legislative Council (Powers and Privileges) Ordinance, police said.

The law states that anyone, other than a lawmaker, who enters – or attempts to enter – the chamber of the Legislative Council without permission under the legislature’s rules commits an offence and is liable to a fine of HK$2,000 and to imprisonment for 3 months.

media journalists legco storming july 1 colonial flag

Photo: May James.

Of the three, the 20-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. The two others, 19 and 29, were also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to criminal damage.

On July 1, hundreds of masked anti-government protesters broke into, and vandalised, the legislature in an escalation of events earlier in the day which saw police use pepper spray against crowds occupying thoroughfares in Admiralty.

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Hong Kong police arrest 3 men for storming legislature