Date
24 September 2017
A policeman uses pepper spray on a protester (left photo) while another holds a man to the ground. (right). Photo: AFP
A policeman uses pepper spray on a protester (left photo) while another holds a man to the ground. (right). Photo: AFP

Group recalls ‘police brutality’ on horrendous night

Nearly three weeks after it happened, a group of protesters recalled their ordeal at the hands of riot police and their difficulties getting treatment.

The 12 protesters said they were beaten and verbally abused by policemen but were never told if they were under arrest, Apple Daily reported Monday.

The incident happened on the night of Oct. 15 in Lung Wo Road outside government headquarters. 

“The police grabbed my helmet and dragged me 10 meters with my knees on the ground,” a protester, surnamed Tong, told a press conference.

“I was beaten by five to six police officers in a street corner for about four to five minutes. It was horrendous.”

Tong said the officers hit his knees with batons and he sustained a dislocated shoulder bone.

“I was taken to the hospital four hours after the incident. My repeated requests for medical treatment were totally ignored,” he said.

Another protester, surnamed Kan, said he received blows to his chest and left eye and was held to the ground while officers swore and threatened him.

He said he lay still on the ground, hoping the ordeal would end.

Several recalled being slapped and losing their eyeglasses from the impact while others said they were accused of assault when they had their hands up.

The protesters are seeking legal advice on filing complaints against police brutality but are worried about charges that might be brought against them by the police. 

They said they have turned down donations from people who wanted to help them with their legal costs.

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