Date
23 August 2017
Police surround protesters during a sit-in in Central after the July 1 pro-democracy march. Photo: Reuters
Police surround protesters during a sit-in in Central after the July 1 pro-democracy march. Photo: Reuters

HK govt braces for Occupy Central blockade

The Hong Kong government is making contingency plans in case Occupy Central pushes through with its planned sit-in protest in the main business and financial district.

Government departments have been asked to submit their assessment of potential scenarios and what steps they’re taking to deal with any contingencies, the Hong Kong Economic Times reported Wednesday.

The civil disobedience movement is threatening to blockade Central if a proposed electoral reform, expected to be announced by Beijing next week, does not meet its expectations. 

One assessment shows potential traffic jams and severe business disruptions, especially in three key locations – Chater Road, Queen’s Road Central and Des Voeux Road Central.

Schools in Mid-Levels would have to be closed as roads would be blocked, the report said.

In 2005, 80 schools in Wan Chai and Causeway Bay were forced to close amid protests during the World Trade Organization ministerial conference.

Also likely to be paralyzed are some government functions, the report said.

One suggestion calls for back-up offices for senior government officials in case the Central Government Offices building comes under siege.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying could temporarily move to Government House on Upper Albert Road.

Police officials said they are planning to increase street presence to deal with any violence. The Police College in Wong Chuk Hang will be used as a temporary detention center.

Officers got a preview of civil disobedience when activists staged an overnight sit-in in Central after the massive July 1 pro-democracy march.

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