Chief Executive CY Leung on Tuesday said the government will bring rioters in Mong Kok to justice, warning that violence will not be tolerated, but ruled out cancelling the fireworks planned for the evening to mark the Chinese New Year.
Leung who met the media, accompanied by Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and other top officials said that hundreds of rioters attacked police officers and journalists, some pelting tiles. Some were attacked even when they were lying injured, he said.
The attacks seriously endangered the safety of police officers who were performing their duties, he said.
The Chief Executive said the public can see the attacks for themselves from the news reports.
Leung said there is no plan as of now to cancel the fireworks display over Victoria Harbour to welcome the Chinese New year.
Later speaking after visiting the injured officers in two hospitals, Leung said the injured officers told him that attacks against them came "wave after wave".
Latest government figures show more than 80 police officers were injured, with some suffering fractures. Four journalists were also hurt.
Last updated: 2016-02-09 HKT 12:27