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Police express disappointment over behaviour endangering public safety

     Police estimated that around 270 people participated in the public meetings held outside a hall in Fuk Tsun Street, Mong Kok today (December 8). Police commander at scene deployed suitable manpower and implemented the most appropriate crowd safety and traffic safety management measures according to the prevailing situation and circumstances, so as to ensure public safety and public order and at the same time enable participants to express their views.

     Police noted that most participants expressed their views in a lawful and orderly manner in the public meetings. However, a small number of people ignored Police's appeals and warnings and forced their way onto the carriageway, pushed the mills barriers, burnt and threw objects, etc. They endangered their own safety and the safety of other road users. Police had to take immediate resolute actions to minimise the impact upon public safety and public order. Police expressed disappointment over such acts.

     Police were grateful to local residents and road users for their understanding and tolerance with regard to any inconvenience caused during the event.

     Police reiterate we respect the public's freedoms of expression, speech and assembly and always handle public meetings, demonstrations and processions in a fair, just and impartial manner in accordance with the laws of Hong Kong.

     It is the policy of Police to facilitate all lawful and peaceful public events while at the same time ensuring public safety and public order. Members of the public should comply with the laws of Hong Kong and maintain social order when expressing their views.

Police Report No. 338

Ends/Sunday, December 8, 2013
Issued at HKT 19:12


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