Police have met with the plaintiffs of the Injunction Orders on the unlawful occupation of roads in Mong Kok and the bailiffs with regard to the execution of the orders. Police are ready to give the fullest support to the bailiffs to execute the court order on the carriageways of Nathan Road between Argyle Street and Dundas Street in Mong Kok tomorrow (November 26).
The Court of First Instance earlier in its judgment authorised bailiffs to assist the plaintiff in removing obstructions and that the bailiffs could request the assistance of Police when necessary. The court further authorised Police to arrest those who obstruct the bailiffs in executing their duties.
Police emphasise that the bailiffs are authorised by the court to execute court orders. Any act amounts to obstruction may render one liable to the offence of "criminal contempt of court". If anyone obstructs or violently charges the bailiffs when they are executing their duties, Police will take resolute action. Police will also reclaim government property, such as mills barriers and water barriers, which have been illegally taken by the illegal road occupiers.
When necessary, Police will use other powers conferred by the law to preserve public order and safeguard public safety. Police will also take actions to clear the obstructions on the blocked roads at various locations, including the road junctions at Portland Street and Argyle Street, Sai Yeung Choi Street South and Nathan Road and Shantung Street.
Police reiterate that we are duty bound to take resolute actions to preserve public order and safeguard public safety if anyone occupies new sections of roads or those that have been cleared.
Police point out that the illegally occupied area in Mong Kok remains a high-risk area. Members of the public, especially students, should stay away from there. They should not mix with the radicals and troublemakers and be incited or used by others to commit any illegal acts. Parents should not bring children there as well to avoid any unnecessary injuries.
Police reiterate that the Injunction Orders are solemn orders issued by the court. Police urge the illegal road occupiers to obey the court orders, remove the obstacles, take away their personal belongings, and leave the illegally occupied areas soonest so that the roads can be re-opened and public order restored.
Ends/Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Issued at HKT 22:43