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Hong Kong: Government calls on PolyU protesters to 'surrender'

2 19.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Chief Secretary for Hong Kong Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung and Hong Kong Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu arriving for presser, Hong Kong
SOT, John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong Secretary for Security: "Well, we are trying to de-escalate the situation, that is why there have been repeated announcements by the police that they (protesters) should peacefully and already surrender themselves at designated points to the police officers. If they do that, if they do not resort to violence, then no force will be used. The police will then take appropriate action, and the whole thing can be resolved peacefully." *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE*
SOT, John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong Secretary for Security: "The government has also formed a team comprising social workers from the social welfare departments, and government, clinical psychologists to go into the campus to take care of the minors, those who are under 16 years old, and then come with them, so that they can go with these minors, together with the police, to the police station, so [that] the whole process can be dealt with there." *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE*
SOT, John Lee Ka-chiu, Hong Kong Secretary for Security: "The government, particularly the police, have been appealing to everybody, to peacefully and orderly leave the place. That's the best way to deal with it. Because the campus has become very dangerous. It is full of weapons, full of dangerous goods, full of things that may explode all of a sudden, full of corrosive liquid. So it is already a very dangerous place, and as you have seen, fire has been sent."
W/S Presser *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Hong Kong Administration: "Over the past few months, the political team under the leadership of Ms. Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive, we are not sitting on our hands at all. If anything, in fact the contrary, we've been leaving no stone unturned over the last few months to put an end to the violence, to this uncertainty and instability and find a viable way forward. Now we've responded fully to all the demands to the best of ability, including in withdrawing the extradition bill completely. So the whole issue is now dead. More than that, it's not really out of the agenda of the Legislative Council. This is a very important demonstration of our sincerity to respond to the demands of the community.' *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE*
SOT, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Hong Kong Administration: "In fact, all political appointees, including the CE [Chief Executive] and myself, and all political appointees, we've been seeing groups behind closed doors. To those people who are vociferous, who are vocal, who are very angry about the government, we are ready to sit down [and have] the candid, frank exchanges with them, the whole purpose really [is] to build report." *JUMPCUT AT SOURCE*
SOT, Matthew Cheung Kin-chung, Chief Secretary for Hong Kong Administration: "Our fundamental task, prime task before us at the moment, everybody agrees, the overriding priority is to tackle violence, bring it to an end, so that Hong Kong can be a peaceful community. We are back to our familiar Hong Kong, law-abiding Hong Kong with rule of law and independent judiciary."
SCRIPT
Hong Kong Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu called on the protesters holed in at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University (PolyU) to "surrender themselves at designated points to the police officers," during a press conference in Hong Kong on Monday.
"If they do that, if they do not resort to violence, then no force will be used," he continued.
He added that a special team has been formed to "take care" of protesters under the age of 16, so that they can be accompanied to the police station.
John Lee Ka-chiu warned that the PolyU campus "has become very dangerous."
"It is full of weapons, full of dangerous goods, full of things that may explode all of a sudden, full of corrosive liquid," he said.
Chief Secretary for Hong Kong Administration Matthew Cheung Kin-chung also addressed the press to state that the government has "been leaving no stone unturned over the last few months to put an end to the violence."
Hundreds of Hong Kong protesters have been holed up inside the Polytechnic University campus for almost a week.
Police are said to have arrested at least 40 students trying to break through a security cordon at the university campus on Monday.
Polytechnic University has become the scene of some of the most tense confrontations between police and protesters in more than five months of unrest in the Chinese territory.
Hong Kong has been rocked by protests sparked by a now-withdrawn extradition bill since March. The rallies have since evolved into a wider movement against the government, marked by violent clashes between protesters and the authorities.