HONG KONG, May 27 (Xinhua) -- As of 5:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, over 300 people were arrested for illegal assembly, possession of offensive weapons and some other offenses, as rioters continued to wreak havoc in many districts across Hong Kong, police said.
There were sporadic violent and illegal acts across Hong Kong since small hours on Wednesday, including rioters setting fire to sundries, throwing large objects at metro railway tracks, and placing nails on the roads to pierce car tires, the Hong Kong police said in a press release.
The rioters disrupted metro train services and road traffic during rush hours in the morning in an attempt to obstruct a meeting of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Legislative Council (LegCo), where the Second Reading debate on the National Anthem Bill was scheduled to take place later in the day.
More illegal acts took place in the afternoon. In Mong Kok of Kowloon, rioters moved large objects such as road construction signs, water-filled barriers and boards to the center of the roads, and ran around on roads, ignoring the safety of road users. Serious traffic jams were caused by the wide scope of road blockage.
In Central, Admiralty, Causeway Bay and other places on the Hong Kong Island, there were large crowds gathering and clamouring. Police also discovered some offensive weapons such as nails and petrol bombs hidden by the rioters in public places, which is worrying, said the press release.
The police said they will continue to collect intelligence, closely monitor security situation of all districts and enforce the law resolutely to effectively prevent and clamp down on any criminal acts.