Hong Kong Law & Crime Politics & Protest

Police need water cannons to keep law and order, says former security chief

Some who took part in the unrest in Mong Kok last week were like “monsters”, says former secretary for security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong. He said that Hong Kong police need water cannons to maintain law and order, like in Western democracies, Ming Pao reported.

Lee, who is currently a Hong Kong deputy to the National People’s Congress, condemned the actions of protesters last Monday, saying that they had “lost their rationality” and were “violent” and “savage”.

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Ambrose Lee speaking on DBC. Photo: RTHK screen cap.

“Even when some of them [police officers] fell down, lost their ability to defend themselves, they [rioters] still attacked,” he said during an interview on DBC. “This amount[s] to serious attacks, sometimes to attempted murder. These are not human beings.”

The government’s clearing of street hawkers in Mong Kok triggered violent protests, during which a police officer fired two warning shots into the air.

“There were a few police officers who used bricks to hit back. I think everyone knows this is not unreasonable,” he said. “I think the two warning shots are fully justified.”

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Photo: Kris Cheng, HKFP.

Lee urged the police to purchase water cannons to prevent protesters from getting close to police officers. He added that water cannons will not cause permanent damage to people.

HKFP reported that last Friday former Law Society chairperson and Tuen Mun District Councillor Junius Ho said that he believed the police were too mild in their response to last Monday’s unrest in Mong Kok and that when necessary, they should shoot protesters. He has since denied that he was interfering by setting up a concern group to “defend the law and the dignity of the police”, Ming Pao reported.

Police need water cannons to keep law and order, says former security chief