Several individuals were arrested in Saipan during the holidays after their peaceful march in support of the ongoing protest in Hong Kong turned violent.
Four men protesting the Chinese government were arrested for disturbing the peace in Garapan, Saipan just after 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22.
Police were dispatched to the “I Love Saipan” store after witnesses called 911 reporting that several people were being attacked by a group of demonstrators.
According to bystanders, violence broke out after an individual requested that the protesters move off the sidewalk.
Four protestors assaulted the individual, injuring the victim’s face with the wooden stakes holding up their posters.
Witnesses said the demonstrators also punched and stomped on the victim. A second individual was also attacked when he attempted to assist the first individual.
Both victims were later transferred to the Commonwealth Healthcare Center (CHCC) for treatment. One received stitches for a laceration of the face.
At the scene, police arrested Yuan Feng Kung, Ming Li, Xiao Wei Qin, and Yi Qun Jia. All four were transported to the Department of Corrections where they were booked and detained.
One of the protesters said they are members of the Saipan Support Hong Kong Union and said they have been physically attacked by pro-Chinese Communists since they started their protest actions in September.