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In Pictures: Hong Kong protesters fined under Covid rules as crowds gather to mark riot police swoop on MTR station

Hong Kong Police issued 29 demonstrators with fixed penalty tickets for allegedly violating the coronavirus gathering ban on Sunday. Crowds had congregated in two shopping centres in Mong Kok a day before the anniversary of a police swoop on Prince Edward MTR station during last year’s citywide protests.

A demonstrator holds a placard reading “Never forgot August 31 terrorist attack, thoroughly investigate the truth [shown in] CCTV footage.” Photo: Stand News.

At around 2 pm, citizens responded to online calls and began to gather at MOKO mall next to Mong Kok East station. According to local media, there were nearly 100 people in the mall at the height of the demonstration.

Uniform police in MOKO mall on August 30, 2020. Photo: Jimmy Lam/United Social Press.

The crowds chanted slogans and played songs related to the anti-extradition bill movement. Some left memo notes reading “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our times,” a popular protest slogan that is now banned under the Beijing-imposed national security law. The government claimed last month that it was pro-independence and had secessionist or subversive connotations.

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