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Protests incite unrest, outrage

October 08, 2014

Occupy Central protests have caused traffic chaos in many districts, disrupting people’s daily lives and the livelihood of drivers and shopkeepers, Police Public Relations Branch Chief Superintendent Steve Hui said in a press briefing today.


Queensway and Cotton Tree Drive were completely blocked, causing unreasonable disruption to Mid-levels residents, Mr Hui said, adding that blockades in Mongkok caused outrage among residents and shopkeepers nearby.


He said it is irrational for protesters to block such a large number of roads, and urged them to remove the barricades and leave to allow traffic to resume.


Speaking on Mongkok’s situation, Mr Hui said the Police sent extra manpower to prevent conflicts between people holding different views.


However such extra deployment will inevitably affect other policing works, he said, so he urged protesters to leave peacefully.


Speaking on the Legislative Council's security arrangements, Mr Hui said the Legislative Council Commission is in charge of the legislature’s security, while the police will provide appropriate assistance on request in accordance with established procedures.