|Plans drawn up to hold protesters
The government is considering plans to use a police training ground, and a minimum-security prison in Stanley, to hold people who may be arrested during Occupy Central's proposed civil disobedience campaign.
No date has yet been set for the proposed civil disobedience campaign for some 10,000 people to occupy the streets of Central to demand true universal suffrage.
Occupy Central organizers have said they'll wait for the outcome of their ongoing unofficial referendum on political reform; and see if the government's reform proposal is in line with international standards of democracy before deciding whether and how to proceed.
But top government officials, and the police have repeatedly stressed that any such occupation would be illegal.
According to a government source, they're making provisions for facilities to hold potential detainees - if the campaign does indeed go ahead.
RTHK had been told that the police are 'prepared' to use the training college in Wong Chuk Hang to detain people who are arrested during the Occupy Central Movement.
No detailed plans were revealed, but the source noted that the facility can accommodate around 3,000 people.
The government is also said to be considering using a much smaller facility - the Ma Hang prison in Stanley for the same purpose.
The minimum security institution has a capacity of 220 inmates as well as clinically old prisoners of low security risk.
It's understood that the prison is considered to be a suitable option as the small number of inmates means they can be moved relatively easily.
The Correctional Services Department responded by saying it makes necessary arrangements for prisoners according to operational needs. --RTHK