Hong Kong police are calling on protesters who have barricaded roads around the legislative building to disperse as soon as possible, or they will take “appropriate force.”
In a statement, police say protesters who are blocking traffic have damaged police and private cars, “exceeding the definition of Peaceful Protest.”
They are calling for “people who have barricaded these vehicles to leave as soon as possible, or we will take appropriate force to rescue those who are trapped.”
“Also, we see mass crowd gathering on Lung Wo Road and near Tim Wa Avenue, ready to break our defense line. I am also calling on these people to disperse as soon as possible or we will, with no choice but to take appropriate force to protect our defense line.
I reiterate this is not a call to clear the (protest) crowd. Our goal is to rescue those who are trapped.”
Earlier, police raised the red “stop or we will use force” flag on Harcourt Road.