Date
18 December 2017
Causeway Bay camp could be the next target of Hong Kong police in their clearance action against Occupy groups. Photo: SocRec
Causeway Bay camp could be the next target of Hong Kong police in their clearance action against Occupy groups. Photo: SocRec

Causeway Bay seen next target for street clearance

Hong Kong police will target the Causeway Bay protest site in the next round of clearance operations on Occupy protesters, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday, citing sources.

Police will launch the action in Causeway Bay once the situation in Mong Kok stabilizes, the report said. 

After opening Argyle Street to vehicular traffic on Tuesday, police dismantled barricades and tents along Nathan Raod in Mong Kok the next day.

To tighten control on Mong Kok district, around 4,000 policemen will be deployed in the area next week. They will seek to foil any attempt by protestors to take back the streets in guerrilla actions, the report said.

Community halls, Hua Chiao Commercial Centre, Shanghai Street and Reclamation Street are among the areas under patrol.

Authorities expect the situation in Mong Kok to stabilize in four or five days, after which the police will clear out barricades in Causeway Bay, the report said.

Meanwhile, some clearance operations in Admiralty district may also resume after an injunction sought by bus company Kwoon Chung Motors Co. Ltd. is approved. It is also possible that the police could apply the public security regulations to initiate clearance on their own, according to the report.

Authorities aim to complete all the clearance operations before Christmas holidays, sources were quoted as saying.

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