Hong Kong police are ready with tough measures as a planned lockdown of Central by a civil disobedience movement draws closer.
Occupy Central co-founder Benny Tai has hinted that the sit-in protest against China’s decision to crush Hong Kong’s aspirations for real democracy in choosing its next leader, could take place on Oct. 1, China’s national day.
Officers have been conducting simulated drills on crowd control and arrests, am730 reported Monday.
Hong Kong police have sought advice from the Department of Justice about making such arrests, the report said, citing an unnamed source.
In the past, the police only made arrests after a demonstrator had been warned twice in the same area.
Now, however, any demonstrator will be arrested after being warned twice, regardless of where the warnings were served, a police frontliner was quoted as saying.
The justice department declined to say what advice it gave to the police.
The police are planning to divide Central and Admiralty into multiple zones and deploy officers there.
In addition, Connaught Road Central and the tram route in Pedder Street will be declared “highly dangerous” for potential clashes.
Those who try to break police barricades will be dispersed immediately. Officers are authorized to use super-sized pepper sprays to quell any disturbance, the report said.
They will move quickly to prevent demonstrators from overwhelming barriers and 1,000 policemen will be dispatched within an hour of a clash and 5,000 within eight hours, the report said.
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