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Police strongly condemn illegal road occupiers endangering public order and public safety

     A large number of people who are currently (October 17) illegally occupying a section of southbound lanes of Nathan Road near Arygle Street in Mongkok attempted to further occupy the northbound lanes of Nathan Road and charged Police cordon lines. Police strongly condemned those illegal acts and warn them to stop charging Police immediately.

     The acts of these people have seriously undermined public order and public safety. They wilfully blocked the major thoroughfares, charged the Police cordon lines and shoved police officers onto the ground. Although Police have given repeated advice and warnings, including displaying warning banners, and used OC Foam to stop those acts that totally disregarded public safety and public order, the occupiers refused to comply. Police strongly condemned such acts which endangered the safety of themselves and the safety of other people. According to preliminary information, three Police officers were injured who have sustained head injury, dislocation of right shoulder and hand injury respectively. Police appeal to the people at scene to stay calm and restraint, and leave the scene 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/Friday, October 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 21:43


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