Protests no problem: police chief

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 April, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 April, 2007, 12:00am

Police chief Tang King-shing insisted yesterday that despite more than 460 events, activities and protests being lined up for the 10th anniversary of the handover, he had enough manpower to ensure they ran smoothly.

Mr Tang said since the events would be spread over several days, there would be no problem dealing with them.

But extra resources would be deployed on July 1, when many events were scheduled to occur.

'There are quite a sizeable number of celebratory activities as well as possibly some demonstrations, hence it is very important for police to liaise with organisers,' Mr Tang said.

'We have a co-ordination office to liaise with organisers. The ultimate objective is to ensure public order and public safety, to satisfy the organiser as far as possible in their intention to hold the activities.

'It is a matter of location, timing, number of people, and we work closely with the organisers to ensure all the events can be conducted in a safe and orderly manner.'

Under rules put in place following the handover, demonstrators must get police permission to hold protests or gatherings in public.

Mr Tang, who was officiating at a presentation ceremony of the Hongkong Bank Foundation Junior Police Call Awards 2006, said he did not expect any problems.