Rally in support of police ahead of clearance
About 50 people took part in a rally at Kowloon Park in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday to express their support for the police force ahead of the expected clearance of protesters from the Mong Kok Occupy site this week.
The rally, aimed at uniting Hong Kong, was organised by pro-Beijing legislator Dr Priscilla Leung Mei-fun of the Business and Professionals Alliance.
She told the crowd that the Occupy Central movement had created conflicts among Hong Kong families.
"The movement has turned into hatred and struggle, not love and peace," she said.
Former assistant police commissioner Tang How-kong also spoke at the rally. He said that while there were no easy ways to solve the political impasse, using violence would not work either.
"The impact of Occupy Central is powerful; don't look at it simply like a fairy tale," he said.
Bailiffs are expected to remove barricades set up by protesters on a section of Argyle Street in Mong Kok as early as Tuesday. Police have said they will give bailiffs their fullest support in executing an injunction order from the court.
On Friday, two judges refused a protester permission to appeal against the order and upheld the injunction that authorises bailiffs and police to help clear the Mong Kok sit-in site.
When asked why the force was not taking the initiative to enforce the law, Tang said it was "unrealistic" to expect the police to move in unless there was a majority support from Hongkongers.
Waving blue flags that read "Love peace, support police", many of the participants wore blue ribbons that symbolised support for police.
One of the protesters said she felt there was a need to support the police.
"The officers are only maintaining law and order. But many protesters challenged, provoked and swore at them.
"If they know ordinary residents like me have come to support them, it may make them feel their job is worth it," she said.
The rally, which ran for more than three hours, featured videos and songs that mocked the movement.