Get Off Our Lawn, Chinese Army Warns Hong Kong’s Pokemon Go Players

Get Off Our Lawn, Chinese Army Warns Hong Kong's Pokemon Go Players

The Chinese army garrisoned in Hong Kong has warned people searching for Pikachu and other virtual monsters to stay off their premises, as Pokemon Go mania sweeps the smartphone-obsessed city.

The gaming app landed Monday in Hong Kong, and saw residents more glued to their phones than ever, searching for the cyber creatures in locations ranging from shopping malls to the government headquarters.

The app uses satellite locations, graphics and camera capabilities to overlay cartoon monsters on real-world settings, challenging players to capture and train the creatures for battles.

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But the city’s enthusiasm to “catch ’em all” has prompted warnings from government departments and even the Chinese People’s Liberation Army to stay off their property.


A PLA spokesman told AFP the city’s barracks were closed zones.

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“Military barracks are restricted areas under Hong Kong law. Without the authorisation of the commanding officer, no one is allowed to enter the restricted areas,” he said.

Police also warned residents to be careful when playing the game.

“When you are capturing monsters, stay alert to your surroundings,” a police video posted on Facebook said.

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“Police report rooms are for people in need of police services, players are not allowed to play the game there, be a smart player!” the video added.

The app has now been launched in more than 40 countries including the US, Japan and much of Europe. Japanese video game company Nintendo started the mythical creature franchise 20 years ago.

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However, widespread warnings have been given by authorities around the world after reports of players being injured or becoming the victims of crime.

Some Pokemon Go players were robbed after being lured to isolated locations in the hopes of catching the virtual creatures, according to US reports. Other distracted players have been blamed for causing traffic accidents.

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In Indonesia, a French player was stopped and questioned for several hours after the app led him into a military base.

Two youngsters were so preoccupied with catching the cartoon monsters that they wandered across the US-Canada border.

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Sri Lankan army Damages Tamil Nadu Fishermen’ gear

Sri Lankan Navy Damages Tamil Nadu Fishermen' Gear

Fishermen stated the Sri Lankan military personnel damaged their fishing equipment and GPS gadgets. (Representational photograph)
RAMESWARAM, TAMIL NADU: Sri Lankan Naval personnel allegedly entered Indian waters and brokenfishing equipment of a set of fishermen from right here close to 5th sand dune within the Palk Straitnowadays.

Lankan Naval employees also detained a ship belonging to the fishermen for about an hour on the 5thsand dune, which is a part of Indian sea territory, Vercode Fishermen association President Sagayaminstructed reporters and police here.

He alleged that they crossed the worldwide Maritime Border Line (IMBL) and broken fishing equipment and GPS gadgets of the fishermen after they were fishing close to Aathupalam.

He stated the Lankan navy had lined up its patrol boats close to Katchateevu to prevent Indian fishermen from crossing the IMBL.

After coming into Indian waters, in addition they threatened one Subramanian, a fisherman, viamaintaining a knife on his throat, he charged.

“Our fishermen have been cautious as the Sri Lankan naval men had been found in full power close toKatchatheevu, but it changed into now not truthful on their component to threaten us at knife point anddamage our equipment when we were fishing in our territory,” he said.