Hong Kong police remove more barricades

KONFRONTASI - Police in Hong Kong have removed barricades at a second protest site a day after similar action at another location.

On Tuesday, some 150 police officers took away the metal barricades in the bustling Causeway Bay shopping district.

Protesters said police officers had told them that they would be allowed to stay but needed to vacate one of the main roads they were occupying.

The police stated that their aim was not to clear away the demonstrators but to reduce the possibility of traffic accidents.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the Hong Kong local government said police removed the barricades in order to “ensure public safety and maintain public order.”

On Monday, police officers removed barriers at the main protest site in the Admiralty area.

The protests were triggered after China refused to allow open nominations for the region’s next chief executive in 2017, forcing the voters to choose from a list of two or three candidates selected by a nominating committee.

China has said it will introduce universal suffrage for Hong Kong’s 2017 election, but wants a committee to approve the candidates.

Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. The financial hub has enjoyed substantial political autonomy since 1997, when its leadership returned to China after about a century of British colonial rule.[presstv]