Since this morning, radical protestors set barricades in multiple locations in Hong Kong. They even dropped large and heavy objects from heights to carriageways posing grave danger to road users. Rioters also threw petrol bomb into MTR compartment and vandalised university facilities. Due to the rioters’ extensive illegal acts, Police has responded with dispersal and arrest operations. During Police operations, one Police officer has discharged his service revolver, one male was shot. In the Shatin and Tung Chung operations, police officers have drawn their service arms from their holsters.
Online rumours stated that Police management have ordered frontline officers to recklessly use their firearms in today’s operations. Police clarifies that this allegation is totally false and malicious. Police has strict guidelines and orders regarding the use of firearms. All Police officers are required to justify their enforcement actions.
We appeal to radical protestors to be calm and rational. Protestors should stop all acts that threaten others’ safety and obstruct Police’s lawful execution of duty.