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Police counter terrorism security operation ends
     In respect of the visit of President Xi from June 29 to July 1, Police conducted a counter terrorism security operation and implemented relevant measures which led to temporary road closure, traffic and pedestrian access diversion. Police thanked the public for their understanding and cooperation to bring the operation to a smooth conclusion.

     Since June 29, Police have handled 73 public meetings and public processions. Most of the participants expressed their demands in a rational and peaceful manner, but some involved acts of violence.

     During the operation, Police handled a total of nine criminal cases and arrested 20 people in connection with cases such as common assault, criminal damage, possession of offensive weapon and possession of instrument fit for unlawful purpose. In a criminal damage case in Paterson Street, Wan Chai yesterday (June 30), an informant reported that someone damaged his props for a public event; and a common assault and criminal damage case in Hennessy Road, Wan Chai today (July 1), an informant reported that someone assaulted him and damaged his props for a public event. In the two cases, Police arrested nine men, aged between 27 and 47, for offences including criminal damage and common assault.

     "Police do not tolerate any violence and we condemn the violent acts in the relevant cases," a Police spokesman said.

     Police will conduct fair and extensive investigation into each violent case regardless of the background of the victim or person involved. Investigation by the respective Regional Crime Units is underway. Anyone who witnessed the incidents or has any information to offer is urged to contact the investigating officers on 2860 5012.

     “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,” the spokesman said.
Ends/Saturday, July 1, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:17
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