Reuters has heard that Ventus Lau, who helped organise Sunday’s demonstration in Hong Kong’s financial district, was charged with ‘obstruction of police administration’ and violating the terms set which allowed the protest to go ahead. ‘’It was primarily rioters’ violent acts which led to the suspension of the gathering’’, said Senior Superintendent Ng Lok-chun. This takes place against a background of a SARS-style virus spreading on the mainland, where there’s evidence it can be passed from person to person, ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday which starts Friday.
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