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

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.

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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Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.