Date
24 September 2017
This early, pro-democracy activists are preparing for the Occupy Central protest campaign. Photo: HKEJ
This early, pro-democracy activists are preparing for the Occupy Central protest campaign. Photo: HKEJ

Police gear up for Occupy Central movement

Hong Kong will deploy at least 2,000 police officers to enforce the law during the “Occupy Central” civil disobedience campaign in July, when pro-democracy groups will stage protest actions to press their demand for universal suffrage, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

The police operation codenamed “Solarpeak” will be led by Police Commissioner Tsang Wai-hung, and will include teams from the police tactical and emergency units. Police will make sure that all equipment, detention facilities and even food supply for its operation teams are adequate and readily available, the report said. 

Chan Kin-man, one of the organizers of the campaign, called on the police not to overreact or inflict harm on the participants as he stressed that the protests will be peaceful and non-violent, according to the newspaper.

Hong Kong Federation of Students leader Lester Shum said several members of the police force have invited him out for meals with the obvious intention of collecting intelligence. Police fear the protest actions might turn into something like the Sunflower student movement in Taiwan, where student activists took over the legislative building to pursue their demands, Shum was quoted as saying.

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