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Police professional, restrained: CE

October 16, 2014

Police are acting in a professional and restrained manner in handling Occupy Central protests, despite the huge pressure on their stamina and resolve.


Speaking to the media today, Chief Executive CY Leung said it has been a huge challenge for Police to withstand continuous illegal activities. Yet they continue to handle their duties professionally and effectively, such as by reopening Queensway to traffic without conflicting with protesters.


Mr Leung said the protests have been disrupting traffic, social order and economic activities. Social resentment is rising, with some people taking matters into their own hands and trying to reopen roads themselves.


He said the Government and Police have the responsibility to uphold social order and enforce the law. The protests’ negative impact cannot continue indefinitely, and Police will take appropriate action at a suitable juncture, he added.


Speaking on an allegation that a protester was beaten by police officers, Mr Leung said there are laws, policies and mechanisms to handle such cases, and he is against politicising the incident.


He said Hong Kong needs the Police to maintain law and order, and he urged the community to obey the law.