Hong Kong bans protesters from police housing areas amid escalating violence
HONG KONG: A Hong Kong court has granted an injunction to ban anyone from blocking or damaging areas used to house married police officers and other disciplined services that have been targeted in more than four months of anti-government protests.
Demonstrators have besieged police quarters amid escalating violence in the Chinese-ruled city, hurling petrol bombs and other objects at buildings and damaging facilities, police said in a statement on Tuesday (Oct 15).
The injunction also prohibits the obstruction of roads and bans people from shining laser pens or other flash lights at police facilities.
Anti-government protesters, many masked and wearing black, have thrown petrol bombs at police and central government offices, stormed the Legislative Council, blocked roads to the airport, trashed metro stations and lit fires on the streets of the Asian financial centre.
Police have responded with tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, bean bag rounds and several live rounds, warning the crowds beforehand with a series of coloured banners.
The government has refused to concede to the protesters' demand for an independent inquiry into accusations of police brutality.
Police, who have beaten protesters on the ground with batons, say they have shown restraint.
Tens of thousands of mostly young activistspleaded for help from the United States on Monday evening in the first legal protest since the introduction of colonial-era emergency laws earlier this month.