Police Stockpile Riot Gear in Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Office
HONG KONG—Tensions in Hong Kong escalated after police stockpiled rubber bullets and tear gas at the Hong Kong government headquarters and the Office of the city’s Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying. This came in response to the call by student protesters to occupy government buildings if Leung does not meet their demands to resign.
At 1 a.m. on Oct. 2, about 500 students staged a protest on the road leading to the Office.
15 hours later, at around 4 p.m., police tried to enter the office compound with two police cars. When this proved impossible, they formed a human chain to deliver over one hundred boxes of supplies into the building.
These supplies, according to pictures taken by protesters and reporters at the site, include tear gas canisters, rifles, warning flags, shields, and containers labelled as containing rubber bullets.
On some of the boxes skulls and crossbones indicated their hazardous contents.
The Hong Kong Federation of Students, which has a large presence among the demonstrators, immediately released a statement saying that around 700 police officers had gathered at the Office of the Chief Executive. The statement calls for support in the event that police move against the protesters.
3 hours later, at 7 p.m., Ming Pao, a Hong Kong newspaper, reported that high-ranking police officials had confirmed the delivery of riot equipment into the Office of the Chief Executive. Police said that should their perimeter guarding the Chief Executive office be stormed, they will use whatever means necessary to repel the protesters.
— Anuj Chopra (@AnujChopra) October 2, 2014
— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) October 2, 2014