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Hong Kong: Police accuse protesters of 'murderous act'

2 18.11.2019 Инфо

M/S Police officers arriving for press conference, Hong Kong
M/S Press conference
SOT, Kwok Ka-chuen, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch: "Over the weekend, Hong Kong was struck by widespread rioting as extreme violence descended on university campuses and residential areas. Rioters also set fire to major transport routes and harbour crossings, leaving parts of the city gridlocked for days. Most alarming deadly weapons were used at the Polytechnic University, which has become a weapon factory as well as a refuge for extremely violent rioters."
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SOT, Kwok Ka-chuen, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch: "There was several potentially fatal attacks targeting the police. First, yesterday morning, one of our force media liaison current members was struck by an arrow outside the Polytechnic University in Hung Hom. Without a doubt, this is a murderous act. There were many reporters in the same area. The arrow could have killed our officer or anyone in the surrounding. We express the strongest condemnation against this indiscriminate violence. Second, several rioters launched a vehicle ramming attack on our officers at around 10pm yesterday. At that time, our officers were advancing through Chatham Road South, where rioters tried to ram a private car into them. To protect themselves from death or serious injury, one of the officers fired a live round at the car. He then reversed to Tsim Sha Tsui East."
M/S Journalists
SOT, Kwok Ka-chuen, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Branch: "We must stress that we have always been looking for a peaceful resolution to the violent incidents. As long as these masked rioters give up their weapons, drop their weapons, follow police instructions and shoulder their legal responsibilities, the police have no reason to use force."
W/S Police headquarters
M/S Police headquarters
SCRIPT
Hong Kong police said protesters were guilty of "several potentially fatal attacks" targeting officers in clashes in and around the Polytechnic University over the weekend.
Chief Superintendent Kwok Ka-chuen gave a blow-by-blow account at a press conference in Hong Kong on Monday.
The first involved a police media liaison officer being struck by an arrow, which Ka-chuen described as a "murderous act".
A group of officers were rammed by a vehicle in the second incident. "To protect themselves from death or serious injury, one of the officers fired a live round at the car," he explained.
The stand-off at the Polytechnic University has seen some of the worst violence since unrest began over a now-withdrawn extradition bill earlier this year.
Several hundred protesters are thought to be trapped in the building. Besieging police forces - according to the chief superintendent's statement - have called for those inside to give up their weapons or face the threat of force.