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Police condemn obstruction

October 03, 2014

Police Public Relations Branch Chief Superintendent Steve Hui condemns protesters’ attempt to stop Police vehicles from delivering supplies to the Chief Executive’s Office and said the force has a duty to protect Government buildings.


Mr Hui said at a press conference today that protesters gathering at Lung Wo Road near the Chief Executive’s Office and the Central Government Office have caused serious obstruction to the traffic on Hong Kong Island which is both unreasonable and unnecessary.


He said Police have a duty under the law to protect Government buildings from being charged by protesters, and the attempt to obstruct delivery of meals and water to officers stationed inside the Chief Executive's Office and the entry of emergency vehicles is inhuman, and unacceptable by any standard.


Responding to reports suggesting protesters are afraid that the incoming Police supplies and equipment are meant for taking action against them, Mr Hui explained that the Police Tactical Unit's anti-riot equipment is similar to those used by other police forces. It is used to prevent unnecessary harm to people and to protect people’s lives and property, he added.


Mr Hui said the Police will continue to exercise the greatest tolerance and called for the protesters to co-operate with the Police.


He also thanked the community for its support for the force’s law-enforcement actions, expressed in letters and messages sent to Police in the past few days.