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Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 13:28

45 arrested in Admiralty stand-off

By Kahon Chan/chinadailyasia.com & Xinhua

45 arrested in Admiralty stand-off

Police officers push the protesters out to a nearby park to clear the main roads outside Central Government Office in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Oct 15, 2014. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

45 arrested in Admiralty stand-off

Police officers move forward to push protesters out to a nearby park to clear the main roads outside Central Government Office in Hong Kong's Admiralty, Oct 15, 2014. (Roy Liu / China Daily)

HONG KONG - An attempt by protesters to take over one of the three trunk roads across Admiralty lasted for only four hours, before the fierce crowd was broken up by police officers.

The police arrested 37 men and 8 women in the action to deter demonstrators who attempted to re-occupy Lung Wo Road in the early morning of Wednesday.

Police said the protestors who had been earlier dispersed returned to the tunnel road beneath Tamar Park from Central. They re-erected barricades with fences dismantled by police earlier and concrete drain covers.

The police action to clear the road met fierce resistance from the protestors, despite repeated warnings, said senior superintendent Tsui Wai-hung.

Tsui said that the demonstrators used umbrella to fight police offices and traffic cones were dropped from high places. The police used “minimal force” to subdue the violent demonstrators, using hands or shield to push them to the ground. Pepper spray was also used. Four police officers were injured.

The 45 people were arrested on charges of illegal assembly and obstructing police officers.

Meanwhile, a video purporting to show a police officer kicking a subdued demonstrator prompted criticism against police brutality. Civic Party legislator Alan Leong Kah-kit claimed the demonstrator is a member of the party.

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said Wednesday that the officers concerned were moved to other posts and that the police department is carrying out an investigation.

 
 
 
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