1593693542_hong-kong Seven People Arrested for 'Aiding' Man Suspected of Stabbing Hong Kong Police Officer

A police officer is seen injured as people protest the brand new safety regulation through the anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China from Britain, in Hong Kong, China July 1, 2020, on this image obtained from social media. (HONG KONG POLICE FORCE/by way of REUTERS)

Authorities arrested 5 males and two girls aged between 24-71 on suspicion of offences together with serving to the suspect buy an air ticket and prepare transportation to the airport, police mentioned at a press briefing.

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Final Up to date: July 10, 2020, 12:56 PM IST

Hong Kong police mentioned on Friday they arrested seven people for “helping” a person suspected of stabbing a police officer throughout a protest in opposition to a brand new nationwide safety regulation on July 1.

Authorities arrested 5 males and two girls aged between 24-71 on suspicion of offences together with serving to the suspect buy an air ticket and prepare transportation to the airport, police mentioned at a press briefing.

“We don’t rule out the likelihood that extra people might be arrested afterwards,” Yau Kin-hung, a senior police officer mentioned.

On July 2, police arrested a 24-year-old man on the airport on suspicion of stabbing and wounding an officer through the demonstration simply hours after the brand new regulation was imposed.

Police had arrested greater than 300 people following the protests on July 1, firing water canon and tear gasoline at demonstrators who defied the sweeping safety laws launched by China to snuff out dissent within the former British colony.

The laws punishes crimes associated to secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with overseas forces, with punishments of as much as life in jail.

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Police mentioned the seven arrested might withstand 10 years in jail for “helping” the suspect.

Following the incident Hong Kong police had posted photographs on twitter of officer with a bleeding arm saying he was stabbed by “rioters holding sharp objects”.

China’s parliament adopted the safety regulation in response to protests final 12 months triggered by fears Beijing was stifling town’s freedoms and threatening its judicial independence, assured by a “one nation, two programs” system agreed when it returned to China.

Beijing has denied interfering and officers say the regulation is important to plug holes in nationwide safety defences uncovered by the protests.