Protesters gathered in front of Sham Shui Po Police Station since 8 pm on14 August to commence a ‘ritual’ in conjunction with the Yulan (Hungry Ghost) Festival.
Many protesters flash laser pointers at the police station from the overhead pedestrian footbridge while police warned them to stop ‘assaulting’ police officers. Others gathered at the junction of Yen Chow Street and Ki Lung Street to burn joss papers and hell bank notes. Many people tried to focus on the paper with the Laser pointers hoping for “laser ignition”, but failed after more than 10 seconds of exposure. Several protesters scattered hell bank notes outside the police station and police warned them to leave.
The joss burning activities were peaceful, and no one attacked the police station. However, a riot police with long shield came out at 8:40, and rushed to the pedestrian footbridge where only journalists were present, which led to angry noises of the citizens under the bridge.
At 9.45pm, police fired at least 5 tear gas rounds, after black flag was hoisted, inside the police station. A large number of people immediately evacuated. At 10:42, when the police started clearing, they pushed in the direction of Shek Kip Mei. During the period, many tear gas rounds were fired where no one was present, no one attacked or get close to the police.
The Sham Shui Po MTR station is filled with the residual smell of tear gas, like a gas chamber. Many people were coughing. Tear gas flowed into the residences, forcing people to come downstairs crying with complaints.