Police seized petrol bombs, bricks and various protest gear from a car park at Tseung Kwan O as about 100 Hongkongers gathered in the area on Sunday evening to commemorate a university student who died after a fall there four months ago.
Protesters gathered at the car park in Sheung Tak Estate at about 7.30pm to pay tribute to Chow Tsz-lok, a second-year computer science student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, who died of a severe brain injury after falling from its third floor to the second in November last year.
Police said Sunday’s assembly was “unauthorised” and fortified the area with a heavy presence of the force.
Before the assembly at about 7pm, police seized petrol bombs, glass bottles, lighters, bricks, umbrellas and helmets from the car park. Police did not rule out the possibility that some people would have used those during the gathering.
From about 8pm, police started checking the identity cards and bags of the rally-goers. Many were stuck for more than an hour in a line.
Several people were taken away when they refused to cooperate. At about 9pm, police dragged two women out of a queue and pepper sprayed them.
Ambulances were called in to attend to those injured.