HK police tell public 'not to turn a blind eye to violence'
The Hong Kong police on Monday urged the public to not turn a blind eye to violence and not let it become a part of Hong Kong people's lives, saying that a total of 325 people involved in violent incidents had been arrested from Friday to Sunday.
Kong Wing-cheung, senior superintendent of the Police Public Relations Branch, said during an online livestream on Monday that 247 men and 78 women, between the ages of 14 to 54, were arrested for offenses including illegal assembly, possession of offensive weapons, attacking police, and concealing their faces during an unauthorized assembly.
Police also said three individuals were detained after an incident in Taikoo Shing on Sunday night, including a 48-year-old male suspected of wielding a knife, and other two males in their twenties who are suspected of lynching, said Tse Chun-chung, chief superintendent of the Hong Kong police public relations branch.
The case left five people injured with two of them in critical condition.
Since 1:00 p.m. local time Sunday, various groups of protesters gathered at malls in different districts including Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, Tai Po and Taikoo. Some masked rioters later vandalized Mass Transit Railway facilities and shops in the malls extensively in an organized manner, and blocked exits of the shopping malls, according to a police statement released early Monday.