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Activist bailed after scuffles at Tibet rally

March 15, 2010

A man arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers during a protest
outside Beijing's liaison office in Western has been released on HK$500
bail.

by Scarlett Chiang
Monday, March 15, 2010
Hong Kong Standard

A man arrested for allegedly assaulting police officers during a protest
outside Beijing's liaison office in Western has been released on HK$500
bail.

The 21-year-old was detained early yesterday. He has been ordered to report
back to police next month and has not been charged.

Trouble flared when more than a dozen protesters gathered outside the
central government liaison office to commemorate the second anniversary of
riots in Tibet.

Scuffles broke out when several protesters tried to force their way through
a police line to hang a banner and a snow lion flag on the gates.

The protest began at about 7pm on Saturday when more than 10 people gathered
in front of the liaison office for a candlelight vigil to mark the riots in
Lhasa on March 14 two years ago, known in the mainland as 3/14.

Activists, including university student Christina Chan Hau-man, scuffled
with police when she tried to hang a "Free Tibet" banner and a snow lion
flag on the front gate.

There was another scuffle at 10.30pm when police tried to remove some of
them from the scene. Chan said she would not leave until they could hang the
flag and banner.

She tried to get through barriers set up in front of the gates but was
stopped by police and security guards. Chan, wearing the snow lion flag as a
scarf, screamed and claimed she was attacked by the officers. She also
pointed and shouted to a police officer who was stationed in front of the
gates and was using a speaker to ask the protesters to leave.

Police had warned they would use pepper spray and said the group was engaged
in unlawful assembly.

The protesters were allowed to hang the banner on the gate early yesterday
but it was immediately pulled down by security guards at the office.

Chan said at last year's protest police allowed them to hang the flag on the
gate. She is currently on bail after being arrested over an alleged assault
of a policewoman at a protest in January.

Undersecretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said protesters must obey the law.
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