The 31 August Prince Edward station incident (Chinese: 831太子站事件), or 31 August MTR station incident, refers to an incident in which Hong Kong police allegedly indiscriminately attacked passengers during their arrests of returning home alleged protesters in Prince Edward station, on the night of 31 August 2019, after a protest was held that same day. The event was described as the police version of the 2019 Yuen Long attack, and the police have been criticized as acting like terrorists. Rumors have been circulated that several protesters were beaten to death at the station, but the police have rejected allegations. However, many people kept up a mourning vigil outside one exit of the station.
The Hong Kong Fire Services Department’s preliminary initial records had changed from 10 to 7 injured.
On 6 September 2019, several sit-in protests were reported in September wherein protesters demanded MTR to release the footage of the closed-circuit television and were “calling on police to apologize for excessive violence”. One of the exits of the MTR station became an unofficial memorial wall with flowers and messages. Despite attempts to destroy the memorial by other residents, flowers and messages were re-built by the protesters.
On 31 October, another protest was held near the station to mark the two month commemoration of the incident. However, the protest, which did not have a permit from the police, resulted in a clash between protesters and the police, with at least three people injured and least one protester arrested. It was also reported that the protesters had vandalized traffic lights and the exits of Mong Kok MTR station, as well as starting a fire on nearby Nathan Road.
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