Friday, October 9, 2015   

Police may face difficulties dealing with mass occupation
(07-03 16:03)

Executive Councillor and former secretary for security, Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, says she was not sure whether the police have enough manpower to clear a mass occupation in Central -- such as the one being planned by the Occupy Central movement to push for universal suffrage in line with international standards.
Ip, who is also the leader of the New People's Party and a legislator, told RTHK that the problem of dealing with civil disobedience campaigns was highlighted by the length of time it took police to remove 1,000 students staging a sit-in on Chater Road on Wednesday after taking part in the annual July 1st protest.
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying criticized the demonstrators. He said the group had already expressed their political views.
Leung said the public should seriously consider whether it was a waste of police resources for officers having to move in later to carry the demonstrators away from the scene.
In an editorial, the state mouthpiece Global Times warned that Hong Kong could be heading in the same direction as Ukraine and Thailand. It said the city could end up mired in political crisis if its rule of law was not maintained. --RTHK   
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