Hong Kong police arrested 58 people in Hong Kong over the weekend for suspected unlawful assembly, possession of offensive weapons and other charges.
Police said these people have disregards to peace process in the city.
The police made the remarks during a press briefing on the damages caused during the weekend’s protests, as anti-government protesters again blocked roads with barricades, set fire to metro stations, smashed shops and public facilities, and attacked police with petrol bombs and bricks.
Kwok Ka-Chuen, chief superintendent of the police public relations, said protesters’ acts had caused several MTR stations to shut down, paralyzing traffic and jeopardizing social order, which were in complete disregard of most Hong Kong residents’ wish for peace.
Since protests erupted in June, the Hong Kong police have arrested 5,947 people for suspected unlawful assembly, riots, possession of offensive weapons, and arson, said the police.
Meanwhile China has banned US military ships and plane from stopping over in Hong Kong and announced sanctions on American non-profits for supporting a pro-democracy movement in the city rattled by anti-government protests since June.
At a daily press briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said that the measures were taken in response to the laws related to Hong Kong passed by the US last week, reports Efe news.
US President Donald Trump signed into law the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which allows Washington to sanction Chinese officials.
Hua said it was a “serious violation of international law and the basic norms governing international relations and interferes in China’s internal affairs”.