HK Po­lice warn of es­ca­lated vi­o­lence, vow to bring all of­fend­ers to jus­tice

Vis­i­tors are hav­ing sec­ond thoughts about com­ing to Hong Kong, the Po­lice Chief said.

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Hong Kong Po­lice say there have been es­ca­lated vi­o­lence in protests and as­sem­blies over the past two months, pledg­ing ev­ery ef­fort to bring all of­fend­ers to jus­tice.

Speak­ing at a daily press con­fer­ence, Tse Chun-chung, Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice pub­lic re­la­tions branch, said rad­i­cal acts have sprung up and spread out across var­i­ous districts in Hong Kong. “The es­ca­la­tion and ex­ten­sion of vi­o­lence have caused wide­spread fear among the pub­lic.” Mr Tse cited the un­law­ful and vi­o­lent acts, in­clud­ing set­ting bar­ri­cades on major roads, dis­man­tling rail­ings, ty­ing up in­no­cent vis­i­tors, throw­ing petrol bombs and metal sticks, and hit­ting civil­ians and re­porters.

“Th­ese rad­i­cal pro­test­ers are tear­ing our so­ci­ety apart and tear­ing down our core val­ues, in­clud­ing the rule of law,” Mr Tse said, adding that the whole so­ci­ety has started to pay the price.

Re­tail sales, tourism and lo­gis­tics bore the first blow and the shadow is loom­ing on the broader econ­omy.So far, 31 coun­tries and re­gions have is­sued travel ad­vi­sories for Hong Kong. “Vis­i­tors are hav­ing sec­ond thought about com­ing to Hong Kong. It is high time to stop all acts of vi­o­lence and re­store Hong Kong pub­lic safety and or­der,” Mr Tse said.

Mr Tse said the Hong Kong Po­lice took ev­ery case very se­ri­ously and have zero-tol­er­ance for all un­law­ful acts, vow­ing to make ev­ery ef­fort to bring all of­fend­ers to jus­tice.

Since the past week­end, the Hong Kong Po­lice have ar­rested 26 people sus­pected of par­tic­i­pat­ing in se­ri­ous vi­o­lent in­ci­dents since June 9. Over the past two months, nearly 900 people in­volved in vi­o­lent in­ci­dents have been ar­rested.

Photo: Xin­hua

Rad­i­cal pro­test­ers at­tack Po­lice of­fi­cers in Tsuen Wan, in the west­ern New Ter­ri­to­ries of south China’s Hong Kong on Au­gust 25, 2019.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji

© PressReader. All rights reserved.