Police arrested a 22-year-old male on Monday for allegedly assaulting pro-democracy activist “Grandma Wong” during a rare protest in Central.

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Internet footage appears to show “Grandma Wong” being assaulted in Central on November 28, 2022.

Over two dozen people had gathered on Theatre Lane during evening rush hour in solidarity with protests in mainland China against Covid-19 regulations.

66-year-old Alexandra Wong – who was often seen at the 2019 pro-democracy protests – was taken to Queen Mary Hospital.

Video footage appears to show Wong falling backwards to the ground and hitting her head on a ledge after the man flung a yellow umbrella out of her hands. The umbrella is a symbol of the 2019 protests.

The suspect may also face a charge of criminal damage, police told HKFP on Monday night.

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A gathering in Central, Hong Kong on Monday, November 28, 2022, in solidarity with protests against Covid regulations in China. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Protests escalated across China in recent days, after at least 10 were killed when a fire ripped through a locked down building in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi. Frustration with ongoing restrictions boiled over into mass gatherings around the country, police-protester clashes, disobedience of Covid rules, and anti-government chants.

On Monday, police erected a cordon and took down the personal details of those gathered.

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A gathering in Central, Hong Kong on Monday, November 28, 2022, in solidarity with protests against Covid regulations in China. Blank placards are a symbol of the demonstrations. Photo: Tom Grundy/HKFP.

Demonstrations have been a rare sight in Hong Kong following the onset of the national security law in 2020. There is also a Covid-19 ban on group gatherings exceeding 12 people, whilst unauthorised assemblies can attract jail time.

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Tom is the editor-in-chief and founder of Hong Kong Free Press. He has a BA in Communications and New Media from Leeds University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong. He has contributed to the BBC, Euronews, Al-Jazeera and others.