18 August 2019
Bricks are erected in Lung Wo Road by protesters to block traffic leading to Central. Photo: Reuters
Bricks are erected in Lung Wo Road by protesters to block traffic leading to Central. Photo: Reuters

Police: Protesters resorting to guerilla tactics

Hong Kong protesters are being accused of using guerilla tactics in their continued street occupation, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

They are organizing flash mobs and other sporadic activities to block traffic, the report said, citing police spokesman Kong Man-keung.

He warned the protesters that they are risking arrest if they break the law.

The warning came after snap gatherings emerged in several locations near government headquarters in Admiralty Wednesday night.

Police said the crowds used tactics to block zebra crossings such as dumping coins on the street and pretending to pick them up.   

Legislator Leung Kwok-hung urged crowds in the Lung Wo Road protest site to remain calm and called for an end to sporadic road obstruction.

The Hong Kong Federation of Students (HKFS) denied any part in the incidents but said it helped protesters when the police started using pepper spray.

HKFS and Occupy Central leaders no longer consider Lung Wo Road important as a protest area, the report said, citing unnamed sources.

Since the violence-marred road-clearing operation by the police on Wednesday, the two groups have distanced themselves from events.

On Thursday, Leung warned protesters that their tactics could be used by the police as an excuse for another crackdown.

HKFS secretary general Alex Chow said the protesters should decide for themselves whether to continue their occupation of Lung Wo Road.

However, they should consider the significance of their actions to the protest movement, he said.

Occupy Central founder Chan Kin-man warned such tactics could fuel tensions with the public if these result in indiscriminate obstruction, the report said.

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Protesters pick up coins dumped on Lung Wo Street. The coins are part of tactics to block traffic. Photo: Ming Pao

A flash mob puts traffic cones across Pedder Street and Connaught Road Central. Photo: YouTube

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