148 arrested in Hong Kong during Monday's protests - Police

Tuesday August 6, 2019

 

Hong Kong police on Tuesday said 148 people were arrested during running battles with protesters the day before, the largest daily toll since huge pro-democracy protests kicked off two months ago.


On Monday Hong Kong buckled under a general strike followed by the most widespread and sustained clashes so far with tear gas fired at more than a dozen locations against increasingly violent hardcore protesters.


"During the operation yesterday, the police arrested 148 people consisting of 95 males and 53 females, aged between 13 and 63-years-old," superintendent John Tse told reporters.


Over the last two weeks both police and protesters have resorted to increasingly confrontational tactics, plunging the city into a crisis.


At Tuesday's press conference police revealed that they fired some 800 tear gas rounds that day -- almost as many as the 1,000 rounds they said they had fired throughout the whole of the last two months.


Riot police also discharged 140 rubber bullets and 20 sponge rounds.