Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok defended the police use of tear gas against pro-democracy protesters on Sept. 28 amid charges of abuse of power, RTHK reported Friday.
Speaking in a Legislative Council meeting, Lai insisted that the commander on the ground has decided to use tear gas to disperse the demonstrators to prevent serious injury or casualty if they allow the crowds to break through the police’s defense line.
“For the sake of public safety, the commander does not regret his decision. And if the same situation occurs in the future, the answer will be the same,” Lai was quoted as saying.
He also hit back at critics who accuse the police of abuse of power in handling the protests.
“The police have done their job decisively and impartially,” he said, adding that any assessment of police performance should not be affected by isolated incidents, such as the assault on a lone protester by seven officers on Wednesday morning.
“Will Hong Kong continue to be one of the safest cities in the world if the police abuse their power?” Lai asked.
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