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Police strongly condemn illegal road occupiers charging Police cordon

     In the small hours of today (October 19), a large number of people who were illegally occupying the carriageway on Nathan Road near Argyle Street in Mong Kok suddenly attempted to charge Police cordon lines by pulling the mill barriers thereat and shoving Police officers. Police then gave warnings to them repeatedly, including displaying warning banners, to urge them to stop charging Police, but was ignored. Police thus took resolute action by applying minimum force to disperse them to prevent the situation from deteriorating. After putting back the mill barriers at scene, Police returned to the original cordon lines. Police did not carry out clearance.

     Police arrested a man for possession of offensive weapon as two knives were found in his rucksack. Three persons reported injured and a Police officer sustained dislocation of his left shoulder.

     Police strongly condemned such acts which have seriously undermined public order and endangered the safety of themselves and others. Police appeal to the people at scene to leave as soon as possible. Other members of the public should also take heed of their personal safety and refrain from going to that area.

     Police reiterate that any acts endangering public order and public safety will not be tolerated. The Hong Kong community regard that we should express our views in a rational and peaceful manner. Police will take resolute enforcement action against any illegal acts.

Ends/Sunday, October 19, 2014
Issued at HKT 04:24


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