During the New Year Day’s march, the police again demanded a last-minute cancellation of the protest, which had already begun, and immediately carried out a mass arrest in Causeway Bay. Over 400 people were intercepted, and nearly 300 citizens were arrested for allegedly participating in an unlawful assembly.
Clifford Stott, the Dean of the Natural Science Research Institute at the University of Kiel, who had previously quit the International Expert Panel of Independent Police Complaints Council (IPCC), commented on the incident on Twitter on January 2. He said the problem lay with the Public Order Ordinance, which currently allows the police to define “riot,” which is contrary to the right of peaceful assembly conferred under the Basic Law.
Clifford Stott, who had previously courageously criticized the IPCC’s lack of independent investigation power, reposted an article from RTHK on how police denied reckless arrest in Causeway Bay on New Year’s Day. He commented that the problem is brought about by the Public Order Ordinance, which allows the police to define riot, and anyone at the rioting scene would be violating the law.
The wrong definition of a riot has led to mass arrest. He believed that this section of the Public Order Ordinance violates the right of peaceful assembly conferred under the Basic Law.
Source: Stand News