Hong Kong police have launched an investigation into allegations that police officers beat up a pro-democracy protester during a clearing-out operation in Admiralty early on Wednesday.
A TVB video clip showed policemen beating and kicking a protester, later identified as Ken Tsang Kin-chiu, a member of the Civic Party, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Immediate action has been taken with regard to the police officers involved in the incident, and an impartial investigation will be conducted, police said in a statement.
The Complaints Against Police Office has received a complaint regarding the incident, and will deal with it in accordance with procedures, the statement said.
Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok said in a Legislative Council meeting that “the officers involved have been transferred away from their current positions”.
Legislator Won Pik-wan of the Democratic Party urged authorities to identify the officers involved in beating up the protester who already had been handcuffed. She asked whether the policemen would be arrested.
Lai urged the public to understand the “whole picture” before making any judgment, but he declined to say whether the concerned personnel would be detained.
His view was echoed by Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, chairperson of the New People’s Party, who said “any conclusion should not be drawn before a thorough investigation”. She also said police officers were “facing massive pressure” amid the chaotic situation.
Legislator Dennis Kwok, one of Tsang’s lawyers and a fellow Civic Party member, said the victim had been taken with police escort to the Ruttonjee Hospital for a medical assessment.
In the video footage, six policemen were seen taking Tsang away at around 3 a.m. as officers were clearing Lung Wo Road in Admiralty. They moved him to a corner of Tamar Park and started beating and kicking him. The assault lasted for about four minutes.
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