HONG KONG, Oct. 15 (Reuters / EP) –
A court in Hong Kong has issued a court order to prohibit any person from blocking or damaging the areas used to house married police officers and other services, in the midst of anti-government protests for four months.
Protesters have besieged the neighborhoods where agents live amid growing violence in the city, throwing Molotov cocktails and other objects into buildings and facilities, police said in a statement on Tuesday.
The order also prohibits the blocking of roads and that people illuminate with police or other types of lights the police facilities.
Anti-government protesters, many of them wearing masks and black dresses, threw Molotov cocktails against the police and central government offices, stormed the Legislative Council, blocked the roads leading to the airport, destroyed subway stations and caused street fires from the Asian financial center.
Police responded with tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets, among other things, warning the crowds in advance with a series of colored banners.
The Government has refused to accept the protesters' request to conduct an independent investigation into allegations of police brutality. For its part, the Police say it has shown moderation.
The protests began in opposition to a now withdrawn extradition bill that would have allowed the transfer of suspects to China, but has been extended to a pro-democratic movement amid fears that Beijing is undermining Hong Kong's freedoms.