Govt condemns budget protest violence

The Secretary for Security, Ambrose Lee, has condemned what he described as the “violent actions” of anti-budget protesters in Central yesterday.

He said three police officers were injured in the clashes, and one is still in hospital. One-hundred-and-thirteen people were arrested – including two boys, aged 12 and 13.

Mr Lee expressed regret that children were reportedly pepper sprayed, but he said adequate warning was given by police before pepper spray was used. He also said children should not be taking part in such protests and that the violence displayed was a bad influence on them. Mr Lee insisted that officers used only minimal force.

Despite yesterday’s anti-budget protests – which attracted up to 10,000 people – the Chief Executive, Donald Tsang, says the government has been flexible in revising its budget in response to public demands.

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