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Hong Kong bus union demands apology from police after 'arbitrary' arrest of driver who honked horn during demo

The Bus Industry Union has demanded an apology from the Hong Kong police, after a New World First Bus (NWFB) driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and possession of an offensive weapon during a demonstration last Sunday.

In a statement issued on Facebook, the newly-founded union – with around 100 members – condemned the arrest as “arbitrary.” They said police had yet to give a reasonable explanation for apprehending a 37-year-old driver on Nathan Road, as dozens of demonstrators gathered in the Yau Tsim Mong district on what would have been the legislative election voting day.

Police get on a NWFB bus to arrest its driver. Photo: Studio Incendo.

Police accused the NWFB driver of honking “unreasonably” and said the move had “seriously affected police work” and may “provoke” the emotions of people on the scene. The force also claimed the driver of the route 970 bus was travelling at a high speed and the vehicle – at one point – was very close to officers who were on duty. Police later found a spanner in the driver’s bag, and alleged that he was in possession of an offensive weapon.

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