LONDON: In order to avoid their use during protests, Hong Kong authorities have begun glueing hundreds of bricks to the pavements ahead of a visit by one of China’s top political leaders.
Hong Kong police has made this move to avoid a repeat of the Chinese New Year’s violent confrontations between protesters and police, nicknamed the fishball revolution”, during which bricks were hurled at officers.
Any kind of protest is strictly barred for three days during Zhang Dejiang’s visit around 18 May.
As many as 6,000 police will be on duty at any one time. The counter-terrorism unit, the police tactical unit and the airport security unit will all be mobilised, while swaths of Hong Kong will be put into virtual lockdown.
To ensure they cannot be used as missiles again, the city administration has ordered a layer of glue to be applied to each pavement brick in the areas leading up to the legislative council.
Torrential rains early in the week washed off part of the glue, but the bricks remained solidly anchored – with their secured borders shining brightly under Hong Kong’s night lights.