Date
26 September 2017
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the civil disobedience campaign is already affecting people's livelihood and the city's economy. Photos: AFP, RTHK
Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said the civil disobedience campaign is already affecting people's livelihood and the city's economy. Photos: AFP, RTHK

CY Leung urges protesters to stop Occupy campaign

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has urged protesters to “immediately” stop their civil disobedience campaign, as thousands of people continued to occupy streets of the city for the third day on Tuesday.

“Occupy Central organizers had promised that if the movement is getting out of control, they would call for it to stop,” RTHK quoted him as saying.

“I’m now asking them to keep the promise they made to society, and stop the movement immediately.”

Leung said the campaign has already affected the delivery of services in some parts of the city. “As the movement extends into the third day, the impact on livelihood and economic operation has already started to surface in some main areas,” he said.

The chief executive told citizens and business owners to prepare for a “prolonged” protest. He said protest organizers have set up medical and supply centers, which means that the campaign won’t end in a couple of days.

“If there is any emergency, the cost on public safety, Hong Kong’s image and long-term development will be huge,” Leung said. “We hope everyone will think about that carefully.”

Meanwhile, he dismissed the need for dispatching the People’s Liberation Army, saying he is confident the local police are capable of handling the situation.

“All chief executives including myself have high respect for the professionalism of our police officers. They have done an excellent job either in keeping order or dealing with crowds,” he said.

“The police treat everyone alike, and did not target protesters. Instead, they protect protesters.”

Early on Tuesday, a car tried to force its way into the crowd on Argyle Stree in Mong Kong, prompting the police to locate and arrest the suspect, the report said.

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