Xinhua News Agency

Police on standby outside Xinhua

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 February, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 February, 1997, 12:00am

Police have prepared contingency plans for any disturbances caused by Deng's death, and immigration officials are monitoring the flow of commuters at border checkpoints.

Officers have been deployed to monitor the situation outside Xinhua (the New China News Agency), which is allowing the public to pay tribute to Deng at the offices.

Happy Valley Divisional Commander Chief Inspector Cheung Tak-yiu said that more officers might be deployed if a long queue formed later in the day.

But he said there was no plan to close any roads near the Xinhua offices.

Senior officers said they were confident there would be no major problems.

Deputy Police Commissioner Peter Wong Tsan-kwong said: 'I can't see there will be problems because of his death. But we have prepared contingency plans for different kinds of emergency like traffic congestion or large-scale gatherings.' Assistant Commissioner (Operations) Spencer Foo Tsun-kong said: 'I believe the police have the manpower resources to handle any kind of contingencies.' He said they would assess the situation whenever it was necessary.