The Hong Kong’s police commissioner Chris Tang told reporters in Beijing on Saturday December 7th that the Hong Kong police will use both “hard” and “soft” approaches when dealing with protests.
The police chief's statement came ahead of a potentially large pro-democracy demonstration scheduled for Sunday, following nearly six months of protests in Hong Kong, which were originally triggered by a bill allowing extradition to mainland China, Reuters has reported.
The police will take a “humanistic” and soft approach to minor incidents, but warned of harsh measures against more violent actions, adding that he hoped the rallies would be peaceful.
The so-called Special Administrative Region had enjoyed relative calm in the past few weeks thanks to the local elections late last month which ended in an overwhelming victory for pro-democracy candidates, according to euronews.com.
Tang was appointed to his position in November. According to a statement by the Hong Kong police on Thursday, Tang had returned from Beijing where he had been on a “courtesy visit” to meet mainland officials.
He met Zhang Xiaoming, the head of the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, and Zhao Kezhi, China’s Minister of Public Security, he said.