Date
19 September 2017
This screen grab was taken from a YouTube video purporting to show police brutality in Friday's dispersal operation. Photo: Youtube
This screen grab was taken from a YouTube video purporting to show police brutality in Friday's dispersal operation. Photo: Youtube

Video reenactment shows police beating, abusing protesters

Officers manhandled and verbally abused protesters after hauling them into a van following last Friday’s clashes outside Hong Kong’s Legislative Council building, according to a video reenactment of the incident purporting to show police brutality.

The video, shot by a filmmaker friend of social activist Wong Wing-chi, has surfaced on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uc_AoaQYQ_c).

It shows Wong and other protesters being escorted into a van and officers drawing the curtains and turning off the lights. The protesters are then shown being gagged and pushed while voices are heard abusing them.

“‘Aren’t you the one who was holding the mic? Got loud voice huh? So cocky huh? And now acting pityingly?” a voice comes on as protester is shown being beaten.

“Are those villagers your relatives? How does devastating others’ home your god d**n business?”.

The violence stopped when they reached the police station, according to the clip.

Police repeatedly asked the protesters if their wounds came from a skin cut and when they said yes, they were let off the van, Wong said in an article in Ming Pao Daily Tuesday.

Police Commissioner Andy Tsang refused to comment on the allegations but said all complaints are investigated impartially.

Ricky Chu, secretary general of the Independent Police Complaints Council, told a Commercial Radio program on Tuesday that it will be difficult to investigate the accusations if there is no voice recording or video footage but medical reports and other evidence might help.

The police investigates hundreds of alleged beatings every year but most of the complaints cannot be made official because of insufficient evidence, he said.

Clashes between protesters and the police broke out when activists opposed to a proposed development plan for northeast New Territories tried to storm the chamber.   

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