UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Figures released by the Hong Kong government indicated that the city’s financial allocations for city police totaled 135 million Hong Kong dollars (17.3 million) since the anti-government protests began six months ago.
During the protests, scenes of police firing tear gas or beating protesters with batons in important commercial or tourist areas are repeated during the protests. On the other hand, the police are the target of incendiary bombs and other projectiles that are thrown by protesters, most of them masked.
In a written response to questions from pro-democracy lawmakers, the civil service office said that the authorities paid 50 million Hong Kong dollars in meal allowance to police officers on the streets and to employees who worked 12 or more hours a day since the unrest began.
The authorities also paid 85 million Hong Kong dollars in work-related allowances.
The protesters have voiced widespread complaints of police misconduct, and public opinion satisfaction with the police has fallen to the lowest level since registration began, according to a poll by the Hong Kong Public Opinion Research Institute.
Police eased restrictions on the use of force in September and gave its members greater powers to deal with protesters in difficult circumstances.
The Chinese-ruled city has been plagued by violent protests, often since June, as popular opposition turns a bill to hand over suspects to demands for more freedoms.
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