Hong Kong protests: 13-year-old among those arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officer

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Two secondary school students also taken into custody; incident occurred after police halted Chater Garden rally in January

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Anti-government protesters gather at Chater Garden in Central for an approved rally on January 19.

Seven people, including a 13-year-old, were arrested on suspicion of assaulting four police officers in January, when an approved anti-government rally was stopped by the force.

The seven local residents, all males aged between 13 and 34, were picked up when officers raided a number of locations in Mid-Levels, Wong Tai Sin, Lam Tin and Tseung Kwan O on Wednesday morning.

“During the arrest operation, we seized the outfits, shoes and rucksacks worn by those we arrested when they committed the crime,” said Superintendent Raymond Chou, of the Narcotics Bureau.

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The rally took place at Chater Garden in Central on January 19, and Chou said the suspects were all wearing masks and similar outfits at the time of the incident.

“We have conducted an in-depth investigation and also gone through a large amount of security camera footage and live video footage to identify the suspects,” he said.

Police said the suspects were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly, and wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life in jail.

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In addition to the 13-year-old, two secondary school students and one university student were also arrested.

According to police, the youngest suspect was released on bail pending further investigation.

As of Thursday afternoon, the other six were still being held for questioning and had not been charged.