Date
16 August 2017
Tsang Kin-chiu is cautioning protesters against meeting violence with violence or their pro-democracy efforts will be in vain. Photo: HKEJ
Tsang Kin-chiu is cautioning protesters against meeting violence with violence or their pro-democracy efforts will be in vain. Photo: HKEJ

Tsang to protesters: Don’t take out your anger on cops

A democracy activist who was shown on video being beaten by policemen during a clearing operation on Wednesday is appealing to protesters not to take out their anger on frontline officers, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.

Tsang Kin-chiu, who sustained bruises to his face and body in the purported attack by a group of seven officers, said he still believes in the Hong Kong police.

“Violence for violence will only put our pro-democracy efforts in vain,” Tsang said.

However, he said police chief Andy Tsang should come out to explain.

The incident was captured by a television news crew and shown hours later on TVB, Hong Kong’s biggest television broadcaster.   

On Thursday, Tsang asked the High Court to compel the police to disclose the identity of his attackers and rule on his assertion that he had been illegally detained when the officers led him away to a dark corner where the incident took place.

Tsang plans to use the ruling to file formal charges against the officers.

The court held an emergency hearing on his request.

Tsang’s lawyer, Gerard McCoy, SC, a former deputy judge of the Hong Kong High Court, told the hearing that there is “strong and independent evidence” that the policemen committed violence on Tsang and even torture.

He challenged the police department’s decision to transfer the officers to other posts only to learn they had been suspended.

In court documents, Tsang accused the policemen of hitting him three times and using pepper spray on him after he refused to unlock his phone for which he was also hit twice in the face.

Tsang is demanding compensation.

The judge set aside Tsang’s motion after deciding it’s not urgent and told him to get more information from the police authorities, the report said.

Michael Vidler, another Tsang lawyer, said they will write the police for more details about the policemen and expect a “reasonable reply” by Monday morning.

If not, the team will file criminal action against the suspects, including assault charges, the repor said. 

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