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Police strongly condemn law-breaking behaviours

     A number of illegal hawking reports were received by the relevant department on a section of Portland Street junction between Shangtung Street and Nelson Street in Mong Kok last night (February 8). Some public officers were obstructed in executing their duties. Police were deployed to the scene as requested for assistance by the relevant department. A large number of people were found gathering on the carriageway and caused serious disturbances to public safety and other road users.
     Police gave repeated advice and warnings, to urge them to return to the pavement but they refused to comply and shoved Police officers at scene. To ensure public safety and public order, Police took resolute actions, including using baton and pepper spray, to stop the unlawful violent acts.
     During the incident, Police arrested three men, aged 27 to 35, for assaulting police officer and obstructing police officer. In addition, three police officers were injured and were sent to hospital for treatment.
     Police strongly condemned the unlawful behaviours of protesters. Police will conduct follow-up investigations 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. Resolute enforcement actions will be taken against any illegal acts to preserve public order and safeguard public safety.

Ends/Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Issued at HKT 03:23


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