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Hong Kong police watchdog to send observers to July 1 anti-government march

Council chairman Larry Kwok predicts lower rally turnout as new administration under Carrie Lam will take office

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 June, 2017, 9:33am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 June, 2017, 5:00pm

The Independent Police Complaints Council would send more than half of its members to observe police work during the July 1 anti-government protest, its chairman said on Tuesday.

Council head Larry Kwok Lam-kwong said he was not worried about police misconduct at the event, adding no complaint had been received about the annual protest in the past two years.

Kwok said he expected the turnout to be lower than in previous years, partly because a new administration under Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor would take office on July 1.

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President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover from Britain to China.

But Complaints Against Police Office superintendent Cheung Kin-kwong said they had not been informed of any visit by national leaders.

“If there are really national leaders visiting Hong Kong, we will conduct our risk analysis,” Cheung said at a meeting on Tuesday with the independent council. “There is no need to worry.”

The force’s complaints section received 619 complaints from January to May, a 23.3 per cent increase over the same period last year.

The number of complaints about neglect of duty rose 51 per cent to 349.

Cheung said the figures showed a “stable” trend, adding the number of minor complaints dropped 29 per cent.