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Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 18:37
Police: Resident cooperation a must in safeguarding rule of law
By Li Bingcun
Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 18:37 By Li Bingcun

A group of local residents gather outside the Central Police District Headquarters to show support for the Hong Kong Police Force, known as “Asia’s finest”, on Aug 10, 2019. (PHOTO / CHINA DAILY)

HONG KONG — Citing recent examples of obstruction to law enforcement operations, Hong Kong Police Force on Tuesday appealed to the public for cooperation in maintaining law and order.

Police operations in law enforcement in recent protests, investigating criminal cases or maintaining order in public activities have been impeded to various degrees due to the public’s reluctance to cooperate, said Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Tse Chun-chung

At a daily news briefing, Chief Superintendent of Police Public Relations Tse Chun-chung said violent protests against the now-shelved extradition bill in the past two months have created tensions between the public and police.  

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Police operations in law enforcement in recent protests, investigating criminal cases or maintaining order in public activities have been impeded to various degrees due to the public’s reluctance to cooperate, said Tse.

He referred to a recent incident when some police officers were blocked by over 50 residents when they were investigating a suicide case in a public estate in Tai Po on Sunday night.

The officers were shut out of the estate. Some residents pointed flashing laser beams at them while others besieged the police van, according to the officer.

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Tse said that the police force has tried its best to keep Hong Kong safe, but the task of safeguarding the city’s rule of law cannot be carried out only by police. The cooperation of Hong Kong people is also necessary.

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