- Title: 'Radical acts' of Hong Kong protesters pose a 'grave threat' to public - Police
- Date: 26th August 2019
- Summary: HONG KONG, CHINA (AUGUST 26, 2019) (REUTERS) KOWLOON EAST SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, YAT-TING FOO, ORGANISED CRIME AND TRIAD BUREAU SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT, KWAI-WAH LI, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, CHIN-HO MAK, POLICE PUBLIC RELATIONS BRANCH CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT, CHUN-CHUNG TSE AND SENIOR SUPERINTENDENT WING-CHEUNG KONG WALKING INTO NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, CHIN-HO MAK, SAYING: "In Sunday afternoon, what began as a lawful public order event in Tsuen Wan quickly turned violent and escalate to reckless destruction of properties and brutal attack on police officers. We have seen an increase in the intensity and extensity of violence used by protesters. Their radical acts have intensified with more dangerous and sometimes deadly weapons used, including bricks, metal poles, long sticks and petrol bombs. Such violent clashes have extend from venues of public meetings to various and related districts in Hong Kong with no sign or warning to the general public." MEDIA AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, CHIN-HO MAK, SAYING: "These attacks are intentional and planned and organised. Not only do their acts put everyone on site in extreme danger, but they also threaten the everyday life of ordinary citizens. It is a grave threat to public safety in Hong Kong." CAMERA FILMING OFFICERS AT NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, CHIN-HO MAK, SAYING: "Their destructive acts are rampant and reckless. They are not tolerated by any civilized society." OFFICERS AT NEWS CONFERENCE WITH MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (English) ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF HONG KONG POLICE FORCE, CHIN-HO MAK, SAYING: "On Saturday we arrest 32 people, consisting of 22 males and 10 males, aged between 16 to 52 years old. On Sunday, we arrest 54 people consisting of 45 males and nine females, aged between 12 and 51 years old. Their offences include unlawful assembly, assaulting police officer, possession of offensive weapons etc. Of our officers injured on duty, in total 21 police officers sustained different degrees of injuries, there were mainly hurt by bricks, metal poles and long sticks being thrown at them." OFFICERS LEAVING NEWS CONFERENCE AS JOURNALISTS SHOUT QUESTIONS
- Embargoed: 9th September 2019 12:40
- Keywords: Hong Kong police protests Extradition bill newser
- Location: HONG KONG, CHINA
- City: HONG KONG, CHINA
- Country: Hong Kong
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Civil Unrest
- Reuters ID: LVA001ATUSBPJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Hong Kong police said on Monday (August 26) that the radical acts of protesters, using bricks, metal poles, sticks, and petrol bombs posed a 'grave threat to public safety' after 86 people, the youngest aged 12, were arrested in the violent protests over the weekend.
Sunday's (August 25) protests saw some of the fiercest clashes yet between police and demonstrators since violence escalated in mid-June over a now-suspended extradition bill that would have allowed Hong Kong people to be sent to mainland China for trial.
The weekend's anti-government demonstrations escalated as protesters hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces who responded with water cannon and tear gas.
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