Hong Kong police are gearing up for the planned Occupy Central protest by emptying a prison and a police school to create temporary detention centers, RTHK reported Monday, citing unidentified sources.
The Ma Hang Prison in Stanley will be vacated in case officers need to use it to hold detainees, the report said.
But the Correctional Services Officers’ Association did not confirm the preparations.
“We have not received any notice from the police to evacuate the prison, and if we do there might be some difficulty if more than 100 people are detained there,” the association said.
Similar preparations are under way at Hong Kong Police College in Wong Chuk Hang in Southern district, where up 3,000 people can be held, the report said.
As many as 10,000 people could take part in the protests and block road access in the main business center, according to media reports.
Around 4,000 police officers will also be deployed in two shifts from Police Headquarters in Wan Chai for the annual July 1 protest, according to the report.
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