PUBLISHED: 05:47, Fri, Nov 6, 2020 | UPDATED: 05:47, Fri, Nov 6, 2020
Hong Kong police have unveiled a hotline for people to inform on each other in a bid to suppress civil unrest. According to Agence France-Presse tip-offs can be sent via text message, email and the Chinese messaging platform WeChat.
The platforms also allow citizens to include photo or video evidence.
However, police will not respond to the informant’s messages.
The hotline has sparked debate among Hong Kong citizens, with some supporting the police force and some denouncing the move on the police department's Facebook page.
One person wrote: "It's really shocking. You'll be able to immediately report a false case."
China cracks down on Hong Kong unrest with national hotline encouraging citizens to snitch (Image: Getty)
Another wrote: "Support the co-operation between the police and the people to bring the traitors to justice!
“Support the Hong Kong police to strictly enforce the law."
Civil rights groups spoke out on potential misuse of the hotline.
Senior China Researcher at Human Rights Watch, Maya Wang, told AFP news agency: "Informants may use this hotline against people who they dislike or are in a different political camp.”
Hong Kong police have unveiled a hotline for people to inform on each other in a bid to suppress civil unrest (Image: Getty)
The news comes after China’s controversial decision to introduce the controversial security legislation in June led Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Government to offer nearly 3 million people in the territory with British National