A pro-Beijing legislator defended the police against accusations that they used excessive force in handling the street protests and blamed the student activists for using the umbrella as a weapon to attack the law enforcers.
The umbrella has become a symbol of the city’s pro-democracy campaign, but for Leung Che-cheung, a legislator of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, the umbrella is an “attack weapon”, and has been widely used as such during the Republic of China (1912-1949) era, Ming Pao Daily reported.
Speaking at the Legislative Council session on Wednesday, Leung said Wong Fei-hung, a famous Chinese martial arts hero, had used an umbrella in fighting the bad guys.
“I grew up in the countryside, and the elders would remind us to take an umbrella when going out. The umbrella would not only protect us from the wind or rain, but could also be used for self-defense when a dog is in the way,” he said.
Leung also said the protesters, who could be seen raising their hands during confrontations with the police, were actually adopting a fighting stance in the popular Wing Chun style of martial arts.
“They are holding up both hands and kicking the police officers with their legs to injure them, and the public have to make a fair judgement on that,” he said.
Leung said police have been “restrained and professional” in dealing with the protesters, adding that the tear gas is “useless weapon” which has failed to disperse the demonstrators.
Umbrella is used as a weapon in the 1993 action movie Iron Monkey. Watch the YouTube clip:
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