22 February 2019
Photo: HKEJ
Photo: HKEJ

Pro-government group backs police use of tear gas on protesters

A pro-establishment group has come to the defense of the Hong Kong police force, saying they were justified in using tear gas and pepper spray on protesters whom they accused of breaking social order.

Some 30 members of a group called Backing Police Alliance went to the police headquarters to voice their support for the frontline officers who they said were keeping order amid the Occupy Central movement’s chaotic campaign, the RTHK reported Tuesday.

Joe Sin, spokesman for the alliance, said police used tear gas and pepper spray to keep the protesters from breaking through their defense lines, adding that the implements caused very little harm.  “Some protesters are treating the protest as a war game, and they had great fun,” Sin said.

Lau Wong-fat, president of the New Territories Heung Yee Kuk, assailed some activists who incited the crowds to attack the government headquarters and occupy several areas on Hong Kong Island and in Kowloon, RTHK reported.

He expressed “firm support” for government efforts to maintain order and penalize those involved in illegal activities, the report said.

Daniel Lam Wai-keung, vice president of the Heung Yee Kuk, said he respects freedom of speech, but it should not be exercised at the expense of other people’s rights.

“Their campaign has already caused so much inconvenience to other people and businesses,” he said.

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