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Friday, October 18, 2019, 16:11
Police chief confident order will restore in HK
By chinadailyhk.com
Friday, October 18, 2019, 16:11 By chinadailyhk.com

Hong Kong Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung gives a speech at a ceremony to pay tribute to members of the Hong Kong Police Force and Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force at the police headquarters in Wan Chai on Oct 18, 2019. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

HONG KONG – Hong Kong Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo Wai-chung on Friday said he remained confident that the police would get through the “unprecedented challenge” posed by the widespread social unrest for the past few months and that law and order would be restored in the city.

Lo made the remarks during the Force Remembrance Day to commemorate those who have sacrificed themselves in service to the community of Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung lays a wreath in front of the books of remembrance in which the names of the fallen are inscribed during a ceremony to pay tribute to members of the Hong Kong Police Force and Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force at the police headquarters in Wan Chai on Oct 18, 2019. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

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“In the past few months, widespread social unrest has posed an unprecedented challenge to the Force and Hong Kong. The escalating violence has seriously disrupted public order and endangered the safety of the public and our officers,” Lo said.

But Lo said he remained confident that the city and the police force would go through this political storm.

Hong Kong Commissioner of Police Lo Wai-chung (2nd left) and attendees observe a silence in memory of all those who have fallen in the line of duty during a ceremony to pay tribute to members of the Hong Kong Police Force and Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force at the police headquarters in Wan Chai on Oct 18, 2019. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)

Hong Kong has been roiled by widespread protests and violence since mid-June, as black-clad mobs launched attacks on the city’s metro stations, crippling the city’s major traffic system. They went on rampage during the weekends, vandalizing shops, beating up innocent people, setting fires and blocking roads.

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From June 9 to Oct 17, 351 police officers were injured during operation.

A police officer who was slashed in his neck by a radical in Kwun Tong on Oct 13 remained in hospital on Friday. Police also discovered for the first time that an improvised explosive device was used by protesters on Sunday.

Commandant of the Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force Yang Joe-tsi (1st right) pays tribute in front of the books of remembrance in which the names of the fallen are inscribed during a ceremony to pay tribute to members of the Hong Kong Police Force and Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force at the police headquarters in Wan Chai on Oct 18, 2019. (PHOTO / HKSAR GOVERNMENT)


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