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Police special arrangements in respect of the visit of President Xi
     President Xi Jinping will visit Hong Kong from June 29 to July 1 to attend activities in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the inauguration ceremony of the Fifth Term of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

     "Police are duty-bound to ensure the personal safety of President Xi during his visit to Hong Kong and the events that he will attend be conducted in a safe and orderly manner," a Police spokesman said.

     "Appropriate counter terrorism security measures such as providing personal and motorcade escort, ensuring venue security and setting up security zones outside the venues will be put in place. Temporary road closure, traffic and pedestrian access diversion may occur.

     "We appeal to the public for their understanding and patience and follow the instructions of the police officers at scene. Police Community Relations Officers of affected districts will also advise the local and neighbourhood groups on the special arrangements," he said.

     In addition, press areas will be set up inside and outside the key venues. Police will also set up designated public activity areas outside the security zones to facilitate members of the public to hold public order events.

     "Police respect the rights of peaceful public procession, meeting and expression of views. The Force's policy is to facilitate all peaceful public events while taking responsibility to ensure public safety and public order with effective measures.

     "We appeal to the public who will participate in the public events to observe the arrangements agreed by the organiser and Police, and to follow the instructions of the organiser's marshals and police officers at scene.

     "Organisers intend to hold any relevant public event are urged to contact Police as soon as possible so as to discuss relevant arrangements and facilitate the event to be conducted in a lawful and orderly manner," he said.

     Since the arrangements will have a greater impact on the traffic of Admiralty and Wan Chai North, motorists are urged to avoid driving to the areas. If they need to go to the areas, they are advised to plan early, be patient and follow the instructions of the police officers at scene.

     "While striving to ensure a safe visit of President Xi, Police will keep inconvenience to the public to a minimum," the spokesman said.
Ends/Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Issued at HKT 19:15
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