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Police condemn law-breaking behaviours

     Two organisations held public meetings outside Tai Po Market MTR Station in the afternoon today (February 1). At about 5.30pm, about 300 participants
of a public meeting confronted with members of the other organisation. In the course of the event, they also shoved Police officers, charged the Police cordon line and dashed onto the road. Such acts endangered public safety and public order, and posed danger to themselves and other people at scene. Police gave repeated advice and warnings, including displaying warning banners, but they refused to comply. To safeguard the safety of people at scene, Police had
no other alternatives but to draw batons and hold OC foam as precaution.

     Police arrested three men, aged 13, 22 and 39, for ˇ§assaulting Police officerˇ¨, ˇ§obstructing Policeˇ¨, ˇ§woundingˇ¨, ˇ§assault occasioning actual bodily harmˇ¨ and ˇ§common assaultˇ¨. Six Police officers and a man were injured during the incident.

     Police condemned the unlawful behaviours of protesters. Police will conduct follow-up investigation and will not rule out the possibility of further arrest action.

     Police reiterate that we respect the public's freedoms of expression, speech and assembly. 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. Resolute enforcement actions will be taken against any illegal acts to preserve public order and safeguard public safety.

Ends/Sunday, February 1, 2015
Issued at HKT 23:43


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