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HK Police PR chief John Tse said the force has obtained intel about violent extremists' plans for Oct 1, including killing police officers, disguising as officers and killing people, and deploying petrol bombs in malls. "What they want to do is close to terrorism," he said.
146 people, aged 12 to 53, were arrested on Sunday, in Hong Kong Island, Mong Kok and Tin Shui Wai.
11 people, aged 16 to 63, were arrested on Saturday in Tin Shui Wai, Wan Chai, Tuen Mun, Hung Hom and Sham Shui Po.
Among the 157 arrested over the weekend, 67 are students.
On Sunday, police fired 328 tear gas cannisters, 306 rubber bullets, 95 bean bag rounds and 79 foam bullets.
On Saturday, police fired 4 tear gas cannisters.
Roads around Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and connecting to Wan Chai North have already been locked down for the flag raising ceremony on Tuesday morning, said Chow Hung, commander of Wan Chai police district.
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TVB: 1) what's the police plan for 10.1? will force be enhanced? 2) did police change strategy yesterday? did your strategy meet your expectation? 3) will you review the tactic of decoy operations if officers felt so threatened that they had to fire warning shot?
Superintendent (operations) Fong Chi-kin said police started dispersal in early afternoon on Sunday becuz 1) the assembly was unlawful; 2) police noticed protesters were equipped with weapons for radical actions; 3) police wanted to prevent people from massing.
Superintendent (operations) Fong Chi-kin said police was "passive" in using force. "What deserves attention is in what ways people should express their opinions so that the police don't have to use force," Fong said.
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