A police officer was filmed apparently threatening to “pull out a gun” in front of pro-democracy activists during an argument on Saturday, as they raised funds and handed out flyers before an annual democracy rally. The police have denied the officer made the threat.

Various pro-democracy groups set up street booths along Causeway Bay’s narrow Great George Street. However, police stopped the Demosisto party from basing themselves directly outside an MTR station exit. A former student group, Demosisto was involved in numerous protests last week as Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Hong Kong.

A Stand News reporter captured a police officer apparently saying in front of Demosisto member Derek Lam: “Dare me to pull out a gun.”

The altercation (L) and the police officer in question (R). Photo: Demosisto via Facebook.

The police told HKFP on Monday that no officers had threatened to pull out a gun. “As there was a large crowd at the scene, officers encouraged the relevant people to move to other appropriate places to hand out flyers, in order to guarantee public order and safety.”

Demosisto said it had no further comment, and referred the public to the Stand News video.

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Elson Tong

Elson Tong is a graduate of international relations and former investigations consultant. He has also written for Stand News.