The Legislative Council has ramped up security to ward off protests and violence over the budget allocation meeting Friday afternoon for a proposed development in the northeastern New Territories, Sky Post reported Friday.
The public demonstration area at the Legco building has been closed off, limiting protests to a pedestrian zone near Legislative Council Road in Admiralty.
Legco president Jasper Tsang said some people on guided tours had been seen studying floor plans of the building, leaving the authority no option but to tighten security.
Tsang stressed that safety is of paramount importance and dismissed concerns he is setting a bad precedent. Chief secretary Carrie Lam called upon protestors to revert to non-violent methods to make their views known.
The call came a day after police made a high-profile arrest of Ivan Lam, a 19-year-old former member of student activist group Scholarism on suspicion of illegal assembly last Friday at the Legco building. Officers also arrested a 15-year-old boy accused of distributing information online on how to breach security cordons and storm the building.
So far arrested 21 people have been arrested over scuffles at Legco last Friday, the report said.
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