Date
25 September 2017
Officers are shown outside Stanley prison. The Correctional Services Department says it has no special measures for detainees but it can house up to 2,000 people in case of arrests during the Occupy Central sit-in protest. Photo: HKEJ
Officers are shown outside Stanley prison. The Correctional Services Department says it has no special measures for detainees but it can house up to 2,000 people in case of arrests during the Occupy Central sit-in protest. Photo: HKEJ

Prisons chief: We’re ready for 2,000 detainees

Hong Kong prisons are ready to house up to 2,000 people in case of arrests during a planned lockdown of Central but said there are “no special measures for detainees”.

Correctional authorities joined their counterparts from two other disciplinary services in urging participants in the mass sit-in organized by Occupy Central, widely expected to start on Oct. 1, not to break the law.

Commissioner Sin Yat-kin said the Correctional Services Department can handle an emergency if large numbers of protesters are taken into custody, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

The Immigration Department will tighten visitor screening to weed out potential trouble makers from outside Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong police have filed charges against three people for illegal assembly and forcible entry in connection with a protest in June in which demonstrators demanding the scrapping of a development plan for northeastern New Territories broke through police barriers to the Legislative Council building.

Seventeen people, aged 15 to 14, are facing charges over the incident, the report said.

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