Members of the the Hong Kong Chinese Industry and Commerce Association held a demonstration outside the police’s headquartes in Wan Chai on Thursday to offer their support to officers and urging them to strictly enforce law and order.

The group said the ongoing social unrest has undermined businesses in Hong Kong.

One association member, Siu Yiu-yam, said he welcomes a recent decision to equip off-duty officers with extendable batons. He said it will enable officers to uphold law and order better.

Siu said even ordinary citizens will want to help stop crimes from happening. Policemen are citizens with an added responsibility of being officers and if carrying batons makes it more convenient for them to maintain law and order, let them have them, said Siu.

He said plain-clothed officers can carry guns home under existing rules and no incident of misuse has ever happened. Moreover, the batons are less dangerous than guns, said Siu.

When asked if he’s concerned the move will worsen the police-citizen relationship or cause misunderstandings or conflicts, Siu said he believes officers will show restraint when using the batons.

Around a dozen trade union members took part in the event and they also delivered fruit and mooncakes to officers to show their appreciation.