Date
18 October 2017
Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam has expressed concern about the rising workload of police amid growing political protests in the city. Photo: HKEJ
Hong Kong's Chief Secretary Carrie Lam has expressed concern about the rising workload of police amid growing political protests in the city. Photo: HKEJ

Lam discusses police preparedness, workload after protests

Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Thursday met representatives of disciplined services and civil service staff unions to discuss a wide range of topics, RTHK reported.

The issues discussed include Occupy Central, filibustering, pay issues, the Chief Executive election and civil service retirement age, the report said.

During the meeting, Lam asked whether the police force is ready for higher workload as the Chief Executive election proposal will be announced next week, according to Hong Kong Civil Servants General Union chairman Chung Tak-cheung, who attended the meeting.

And the groups touched upon the topic of Occupy Central. Lam focused on how that will impact the police in performing their duty and whether they have sufficient forces, Chung was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, in a separate media briefing Thursday, Police Commissioner Andy Tsang Wai-hung admitted that the police had to clear the area of a sit-in at Chater Road, which followed the July 1 rally, in a “forceful” manner.

“The legal gathering deadline is 12 pm but some protesters lay down on the ground with hands linked after being told to leave by the police,” he said.

“Some protesters did not cooperate when police were trying to moving them; so we had to use reasonable force to clear the area,” Tsang added. 

A total of 511 protesters were arrested in the Chater Road sit-in in the early hours of July 2. 

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