The government has severely condemned the violent acts by rioters which it said showed a complete disregard for human life. In a statement, it said their actions had seriously jeopardised the safety of people at the scene and nearby. It appealed to members of the public to pay attention to personal safety.

It said since last night, rioters had blocked roads, extensively vandalised shops, government and MTR facilities as well as set fires, hurled petrol bombs and attacked members of the public in various districts. They had paralysed traffic and caused the MTR to suspend the operation of all of its train lines.

It said the Police will continue to take enforcement actions resolutely to safeguard public safety and restore public order.