Date
23 October 2017
Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok (inset) said the protests have turned into a campaign of "hatred and violence". Photos: AFP, HKEJ
Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok (inset) said the protests have turned into a campaign of "hatred and violence". Photos: AFP, HKEJ

Security chief likens Occupy campaign to train out of control

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok has compared the Occupy protests to a very dangerous high-speed train that has veered off from the path of peace and lost control, am730 reported on Tuesday.

Speaking at a Legislative Council meeting on Monday, Lai said some of the protesters were selfish and malicious in their intent to stir up chaos and confrontation.

He said the protests have turned into a campaign of “hatred and violence” rather than one of “love and peace” professed by their organizers.

Lai also dismissed allegations that some police officers have teamed up with triad forces in Mong Kok to harass and attack the pro-democracy activists, calling them baseless and defamatory.

During the Legco meeting, the Security Bureau showed video footages of Occupy protesters charging police lines.

Lawmaker Claudia Mo of the Civic Party said the video clips were highly biased in favor of the police, noting that none of the footages showed the police firing tear gas and pepper spray at the protesters.

Mo filed a motion condemning the police for using excessive violence against the peaceful protesters and calling on Police Commissioner Andy Tsang to step down. The motion was rejected.

Tsang, who was not at the Legco meeting, said at a police event that police officers have done their duties and responsibilities in the most professional manner.

The police chief also stressed that restraint does not mean the officers would not defend themselves when the students start charging them.

Commenting on the case of seven police officers accused of beating up a lone protester in Tamar Park in Admiralty, Tsang said the case is being dealt with according to preset procedures and in a fair manner.

Meanwhile, the Regional Crime Unit of the police force has taken over the case of several journalists who were attacked while they were covering an anti-Occupy convention in Tsim Sha Tsui on Saturday night.

Lai said two suspects have been arrested and charged with common assault, assault causing actual bodily harm and criminal damage. He did not rule out more arrests.

Two cameramen and one reporter from TVB and one RTHK reporter were surrounded and attacked by anti-Occupy demonstrators at the Tsim Sha Tsui rally.

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