采访/陈汉 编辑/黄亿美 后制/李智远
Hong Kong Police Who Beat Protester Removed From Duties
On Oct. 15, 3 a.m., Hong Kong police cleared out Lung Wo Road
and Tim Wa Avenue near the Chief Executive (CE) office, pro-
democracy protesters were forcibly moved to Tamar Park area.
Sources say that police used pepper spray during the action,
one protester had even been dragged to a corner and
beaten by police.
Sources said that officers involved in the beating
had been removed from duties.
In an early morning of Oct. 15, many police were dispatched
to Lung Wo Road outside CE’s office, they dispersed protesters
using the excuse of “illegally gathering”.
Police were armed with batons, riot shields and pepper spray,
some protesters were forcibly dispersed and taken away.
Police held flags claiming that they cannot guarantee
to not use force.
The sites appeared chaotic.
On the evening of Oct. 14, several hundreds of students and
citizens occupied Lung Wo Road area near the CE office.
This part of road is under a tunnel about 50 meters long.
From the evening of Oct. 14 to next early morning, police
separately cleared out the scenes in some areas
including Admiralty, Mong Kok and Causeway Bay.
Police used pepper spray enforcement
in the Lung Wo Road area.
During the 30 minute operation, many people were injured,
45 protesters were taken away by police.
From the pictures we can see that police lined up and were
armed with pepper spray, moving forwards towards the students.
Although a student held up his hands, the police still took
off his glasses quickly spraying into his eyes.
This young student felt so painful that he fell on the ground
and was then dragged away by police.
Six police dragged a protester into a dark corner in a park,
brutally beating and kicking him, police felt that it was not
enough and then hit the protester with their fists.
Several minutes of the beating was captured by TVB Hong Kong.
Alan Leong, leader of Civic Party identified the person
in the video was Ken Tseng, member of the Civic Party.
Alan Leong: Ken Tseng was tied with sealer tape from the back,
and being carried to Tim Ma Park.
In a dark corner, six or seven police started beating him.
Apart from being a member of the Civic Party, Mr. Tseng is
also a social worker, he was hospitalized.
Alan Leong says that police enforcement shouldn’t
be used as lynching.
He requests the commissioner of police to immediately arrest
the six officers involved in the attack.
BBC reported that Amnesty International (AI) called for the
police involved in the attack against the man to face justice.
Mabel Au, director of AI HK said that “it was stomach-churning
to think there are HK police that feel they are above the law.
Apple Daily reported on Oct. 15 that HK Secretary for Security
Lai Tung-Kwok said the officers shown in the video
had been removed from their position.
Ken Tseng has had his injuries checked up in hospital, there
were no fractures, but many bruises, in his back there is a
circular shaped bruise, yet it is unclear what tool had
been used to have caused it.
In the morning, Superintendent of Police Public Relations
Branch Hui Chun-Tak said at a media conference that protesters
who put their hands up don’t mean they are peaceful.
Netizens responded with anger questioning, whether police
using pepper spray means, a peaceful clear-out?
Scholars strongly condemned police power abuse, and the
use of all means to disperse protesters.
The government should immediately respond to citizens’
requests of real general elections and not sending police to
disperse protesters with violence.
Mr. Zhou, a graduated student from HK University of Science
and Technology: We are peaceful, we hope that by using an
umbrella standing in front, we don’t want to hurt anyone.
But I believe even though all protesters had been cleared out,
HK citizens would never give in.
Ms Chen, student of City University of HK: They said
it was not a clear-out, they just cleared the road barriers.
This is a play with words.
We don’t have road barriers, we used a human wall.
Sources say that in a legislative meeting, HK Pan-democracy
Camp suggests to set up an investigation committee.
It is to investigate police using batons and tear gas to deal
with peaceful protesters, and it has been suspicious that some
triad members attacked protesters in Mong Kok areas.
They also questioned that the Liaison Office had been
involved in the incident.
Interview/ChenHan Edit/Huang Yimei Post-Production/Li Zhiyuan