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Government statement on illegal occupation

     In response to the illegal occupation in Central and Admiralty, a Government spokesman said today (December 11) that the illegal occupation has dealt a severe blow to Hong Kong's economy, politics, society and people's livelihood. The police operation in Central and Admiralty today to remove the obstacles and reopen the roads is being conducted smoothly in general. The affected roads in the area will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible. This is what the general public in Hong Kong would like to see.

     The Government spokesman said, "The police enforcement action has been both professional and restrained in restoring public order and protecting citizens' rights to use the roads. The Government expresses gratitude to the police officers for their hard work and appeals to occupiers to respect the rule of law and not to re-occupy the roads. The public should abide by the law when expressing their views. Doing so by illegal means should not and could not be accepted by the society and the Government will deal with it in accordance with the law."

Ends/Thursday, December 11, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:52


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