Hong Kong police paid their employees a total of 950 million Hong Kong dollars ($ 122 million) for overtime for six months of protests. The information was presented on Friday by the Security Administration of this special Chinese administrative region during a hearing in the financial committee of the Legislative Council, TASS reported.
The report notes that about 11 thousand officers during the mass protests every month had to work above the norm, and they were paid compensation for this. The department said that the maximum processing time for police officers could not exceed 60 hours per month.
The total staff of the Hong Kong police is about 31 thousand people. In the current fiscal year, 20.2 billion Hong Kong dollars ($ 2.6 billion) were allocated from the budget for the maintenance of law enforcement agencies.
Mass protests broke out in Hong Kong against the intention of local authorities to pass an extradition bill that would allow extradition of offenders to mainland China. Despite the recall of this legislative initiative, opposition student supporters continued anti-government protests. They are accompanied by road blockages, violence, arson and acts of vandalism. However, over the past month, the situation in the city has remained calm, rallies began to take place in a peaceful manner.