Over 4,000 people took part in a rally in Hong Kong on Sunday to express support for the local police, Ming Pao Daily News reported.
Former Assistant Commissioner of Police Wong Doon-yee and a number of off-duty police officers were also among the participants, it said.
The police have not responded to enquiries whether off-duty police officers were in violation of Police General Orders as they took part in the march. However, they insisted that the police have always remained politically neutral.
The Police General Orders state that an officer should, at all times, abstain from any activity likely to interfere with the impartial discharge of his duties.
Wong said police officers, whether on or off-duty, should avoid joining in public march activities, so as not to project a political stance.
Occupy Central Movement founder Chan Kin-man said organizers of the march appeared to think that they needed to dispel the impression that people were against the police.
No one from his camp had ever questioned the police’s power in law enforcement, Chan said, adding that as long as the police do not abuse their power, “we support the police, too.”
James To, chairman of Legislative Council’s panel on security, said the march on Sunday was a political event, and that Police General Orders may have been violated if off-duty officers took part.
Several police officers at the march, which was organized by the Hong Kong Justice Alliance, admitted that they signed a petition against the Occupy Central Movement but insisted that they remain politically neutral, the report said.
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