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No undercover officers at Sunday protest: police

2019-08-19 HKT 18:25
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The police have denied using undercover agents during Sunday’s mass rally, despite video posted online showing several people dressed like anti-extradition protesters walking into the force’s headquarters.

A group of men dressed in t-shirts were shown in the social media postings entering the barricaded police headquarters in Wan Chai on Sunday night, along with claims that they were officers who had infiltrated the protest returning to their base.

But Senior Superintendent Kong Wing-cheung, of the Police Public Relations Branch, said on Monday that they were in fact officers who had to walk to work due to the transport chaos on Hong Kong Island.

He said the footage taken around 10:40pm showed them turning up at police headquarters to report for duty.

The police said they had not deployed any undercover officers during Sunday's rally.

They said undercover agents were used in a protest at Causeway Bay on August 11 as it was an intelligence-led operation targeting hardcore demonstrators who had organised and incited others to take violent action.

No arrests were made from Friday to Sunday, the police said.

The force said since the protests started in June, 178 police officers had been injured. It added the uniformed officer who received burn injuries from an alleged attack at Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station on August 11 had been discharged from hospital and is recovering.