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Pro-Beijing group demands swift pay rises for police

2019-12-13 HKT 12:28
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  • Members of the Defend Hong Kong Campaign shouted 'officers, add oil' as they urged people to support the police in killing 'cockroaches'. Photo: RTHK
    Members of the Defend Hong Kong Campaign shouted 'officers, add oil' as they urged people to support the police in killing 'cockroaches'. Photo: RTHK
Several dozen people from a pro-Beijing group staged a demonstration outside Legco on Friday, urging lawmakers to approve a proposed pay rise for the police.

The government has put forward pay rises of up to 5.26 percent for the city's civil servants, but pro-democracy legislators have called for police pay to be treated as a separate issue.

The morning's Finance Committee meeting ground to a halt as the pro-democracy camp demanded Police Commissioner Chris Tang appear before them to answer questions about the force's spending. Committee chairman Chan Kin-por adjourned the meeting to take advice on the matter.

Meanwhile, members of the Defend Hong Kong Campaign gathered outside the council building to show their support for the police in "putting an end to violence".

They chanted "officers, add oil!" and held up a poster saying everyone needs to help kill the city's "cockroaches", as they rejected the pan-dems' demands over police pay.

They said the force has worked hard over recent months and the government should give it more funds to support its work and maintain staff morale.

Several pro-establishment lawmakers, including the DAB’s Elizabeth Quat and Wong Ting-kwong, and the FTU’s Alice Mak, went out to greet the group and receive a petition from them.

Earlier on Friday, a Security Bureau document revealed that the police have spent HK$950 million in overtime allowances since the protests began in June.