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Occupy Central will turn violent, warns Hong Kong security chief

Security chief Lai Tung-kwok doubts organisers can prevent radicals from hijacking protest

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 June, 2014, 11:41pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 June, 2014, 9:39am
 

Security chief Lai Tung-kwok has cast doubt on the ability of Occupy Central organisers to prevent their civil disobedience movement from turning violent, saying "radicals" are almost certain to hijack it once it starts.

The storming of the Legislative Council foyer by activists on Friday, Lai writes in an article published in newspapers today, "clearly shows how a peaceful demonstration can lose control, resulting in the emergence of violent crisis".

Occupy Central co-organiser Dr Chan Kin-man rejected the security chief's view, saying previous mass protests had shown most participants would not be provoked by radicals into resorting to violence.

Even Friday's protest in Legco against new town development in the northeast New Territories illustrated this, he said. "Most remained calm and exercised restraint in the face of radicals' call to barge in and occupy the [Legco] chamber."

Occupy Central organisers vow to bring the city's commercial hub to a standstill if the government fails to come up with a plan that meets the hallmarks of genuine democracy for the 2017 chief executive election.

In his article of almost 2,000 words, Lai also reiterates that "robust action" will be taken against any attempt to challenge the city's law and order, and that no cause, including civil disobedience, is above the law.

"As the objectives, visions, strategies and means of expression of the protesters of public processions differ, the radicals will take the opportunity to hijack the movement and turn peaceful public meetings into violence, deviating from the original plan of the organisers," he writes.

"Once violent confrontation occurs, the situation may become irrevocable and things could get out of control."

Chan said Occupy participants would not be easily provoked, as those who had signed its letter of intent would already have gone through a long deliberation process before they blocked the streets of Central.

In the conclusion to his article, Lai writes: "We will ensure that the law enforcement agency will act in accordance with the law and will take robust action to uphold the rule of law and to maintain public safety and public order."

 

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Dai Muff
Only if the pro-Beijing "radicals" deliberately cause violence.
chaz_hen
Considering that most "love the CCP" crowd are paid triads, I don't doubt that the warning will be a self fulfilling prophecy
ntmount
Has Mr. Lai heard the expression "A self fulfilling prophecy"?
michaelhctam@gmail.com
I'm just a normal guy that hates politics; I just want to be able to get on with my life without having stupid kids running around squealing and complaining about stupid things or a big scary government breathing down my neck.
Where can we normal Hong Kongers go at the end of the day? I personally just drink at a bar.
kctony
Since when did Hong Kong have a violent protest other than that one in 1967 instigated by the very own Leftist?
ejmciii
So this "man" is guaranteeing that this group, which has shown no tendency toward violence, will become violent and thus we need laws to contain them? How does he know this? A fortune teller at a temple? Or is it a self-fulfilling prophecy? Seems suspect and dangerous. Especially from someone who is not elected but rather is appointed by another unelected official. At least he is doing what the masters in Beijing want.
skywalker
“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.” (Mao Tse-tung)
ejmciii
That is freedom of speech and most of the world sees it as a good thing. If you don't like it, head vas there are plenty of folks dedicated to ensuring you do not think what they do not like. Young people can have great ideas because they see the threat to their future and have not sold the same for 20 shekels as you seem to have.
Marcus T Anthony
Interesting is Beijing's opposition to these movements. Once it was the Communist Party who stood up against crony capitalism. Now they oppose any such resistance.
HK-Explorer
The government should focus on parents of the possible student protestors. Most Hong Kong youngsters have a high degree of respect for their parents. The parents are the best ones to advise their children and warn them the dangers of becoming involved in these types of protests. Their is the chance of physical injury and the chance of being arrested and having a criminal record. Maybe those who are 16 to 22 do not think about their future and that the decisions they make today will affect them in the future.
I believe the organizers of occupy central should also make it clear that those who wish to become protesters should be over the age of 18. It is criminal to recruit those under the age of 18 to engage in illegal acts. Someone who is 14, 15, 16, 17 cannot make informed individual decisions and will blindly follow what their peers do.
This is the sad part of these movements is that the organizers who are adults understand the only group they can attract are those under 22 and over 60. There will be very few attendees in their 30s, 40s and 50s as in those ages they understand the consequences and they probably know that what is being protested is really not as important as the organizers are making it believed to be.

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