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Hong Kong: Protests see increase in 'intensity of violence' — Police

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 26, 2019 at 14:00 GMT +00:00 · Published

Assistant Commissioner of Police Mak Chin-ho said that the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have seen an "increase in intensity and extensity of violence," speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong on Monday.

"We have seen an increase in the intensity and the extensity of violence used by protesters. Their radical acts have intensified with more dangerous and sometimes deadly weapons used, including bricks, metal poles, long sticks and petrol bombs," he said.

The commissioner also reiterated the confidence of the Hong Kong police in their ability to handle the situation and that they will continue to do so.

Kong Wing-cheung, a police spokesperson, added that police officers were sometimes deliberately provoked by protesters, both verbally and by an increased use of self-made weapons such as petrol bombs. Wing-cheung assured that the police clinical psychologists are constantly monitoring the overall well-being of the force.

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the total withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials.

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Assistant Commissioner of Police Mak Chin-ho said that the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have seen an "increase in intensity and extensity of violence," speaking at a press conference in Hong Kong on Monday.

"We have seen an increase in the intensity and the extensity of violence used by protesters. Their radical acts have intensified with more dangerous and sometimes deadly weapons used, including bricks, metal poles, long sticks and petrol bombs," he said.

The commissioner also reiterated the confidence of the Hong Kong police in their ability to handle the situation and that they will continue to do so.

Kong Wing-cheung, a police spokesperson, added that police officers were sometimes deliberately provoked by protesters, both verbally and by an increased use of self-made weapons such as petrol bombs. Wing-cheung assured that the police clinical psychologists are constantly monitoring the overall well-being of the force.

Protests have been taking place in Hong Kong since the end of March. Demonstrators are calling for the total withdrawal of a suspended bill that would allow the extradition of the city's residents to mainland China for trials.

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SOT, Mak Chin-ho, Assistant Commissioner of Police (English): "In the past weekend, Hong Kong has suffered again at the hands of radical protesters. In Sunday afternoon, what began as a lawful public order event in Chin Wang quickly turned violent and escalated to reckless destruction of properties and brutal attack on police officers. We have seen an increase in the intensity and the extensity of violence used by protesters. Their radical acts have intensified with more dangerous and sometimes deadly weapons used, including bricks, metal poles, long sticks and petrol bombs."

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SOT, Mak Chin-ho, Assistant Commissioner of Police (English): "We, the police, have repeatedly expressed that we will have the confidence and we will continue to do our job to make Hong Kong safe. That's our vision, that's our responsibility."

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SOT, Kong Wing-cheung, police spokesperson (English): "And our officers are sometimes being provocated by the protesters deliberately. And sometimes these are verbal abuse as well as these provocations are refracted through the extreme levels of violence used by the rioters, which is evident by the more frequent use of petrol bombs as well as other self-made weapons. But please, rest assured that internally, the police force, we have the capability to care about the emotional well-being of our officers through our police clinical psychologists. They will continuously monitor the overall situation of the force."

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