HK police: 1,183 arrested for violence since June
Updated 23:18, 04-Sep-2019

The Hong Kong police said on Wednesday that 35 people aged from 14 to 39 years old were arrested on charges of unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons, disruption of public places and critical damage amid Tuesday's protest.  

To date, a total of 1,183 suspects have been arrested since widespread unrest began to ripple through Hong Kong and caused mayhem, according to the police.

The Hong Kong police also explained what is legally defined as offensive weapons during the daily press briefing. The city's police force has been the target of violent acts during the demonstrations; officers were beaten, stabbed and even bitten by radical protesters.


In ex-police officer Man Shek's eyes, his former colleagues responded only after radical protesters savagely attacked them as the violence escalated in Hong Kong. 

After participating in a pro-police rally on June 30, Shek became the target of harassment from protesters who are now pointing their fingers at police and accusing them of using excessive force during recent protests.  

Some of them even commented online that they would rape Shek's daughter.

"I do worry about them. If I can, I will always take my girls to school and pick them up after. I will watch over their surroundings to see if there are any suspicious people or people with weapons," said Shek. 

For 24-year-old Stefan, he supported the police because they are just regular working-class people and ordinary residents. 

"They go to work to protect people in Hong Kong. But now, radical protesters are attacking the police, discriminating against police families and threatening them. This is not logical. Protesters should be peaceful and should not be so hostile towards the police." 

Both Shek and Stefan believe that many Hong Kong youngsters are being taken advantage of by radical protesters and that while some may still fight to make their voices heard, others may just be in it for the thrill of confronting police officers. 

(CGTN's Xu Xinchen also contributed to the story.)