Police Public Relations Branch Chief Superintendent Steve Hui has urged protestors to comply with court orders to stop their illegal occupation of roads.
Speaking at a press conference today, Mr Hui said the Court of First Instance granted a temporary injunction yesterday requiring protestors to clear roads illegally occupied in Admiralty and Mong Kok, and forbidding them from preventing the removal of obstacles.
The court said the occupation has deprived other people of their right to use the roads, Mr Hui said, urging them to respect the court’s decision and the rule of law.
The occupation has lasted for a long time with widespread effect, exceeding the boundary of what is reasonable, he said, warning it has increased the chance of serious public disorder.
The community, including groups like the District Councils and District Fight Crime Committees, have expressed support for Police in the form of appreciation letters and emails, and personal visits in recent weeks. Some people also plan to make donations to support frontline officers.
Mr Hui said the acceptance of advantages by Police officers is regulated by the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance and the Acceptance of Advantages (Chief Executive's Permission) Notice.
The Police Welfare Fund, established under the Police Force Ordinance, observes stringent screening procedures in considering the acceptance of donations. Its decisions are also reviewed by the Civil Service Bureau to ensure there is no conflict of interest, he added.