25 June 2019
A policeman is shown pictures of alleged police brutality against student protesters. Photo: AFP
A policeman is shown pictures of alleged police brutality against student protesters. Photo: AFP

Parent groups demand govt, police apology

Several parent groups are demanding an apology from the Hong Kong government and the police, accusing them of violence against protesters.

Umbrella Parent, Parents’ Concern Group on National Education and 16 other organizations took to the streets on Sunday to denounce police brutality.

Organizers said more than 2,000 people joined the march. Police put the number at 850.

The protesters carried a giant banner saying “Don’t let children live in fear and intimidation” as they marched from Southorn Garden in Wan Chai district to police headquarters a few blocks away.

They demanded an independent commission to investigate alleged illegal acts by the police in handling the protesters, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Also, they urged the government to relaunch talks on democratic reform with students who have been holding street protests for more than two months.

Once outside police headquarters, the protesters held a silent vigil, holding black cloths, some wearing black blindfolds.

They handed a petition before breaking up and heading to Admiralty to visit the remaining protesters camped out in the street.

Eva Chan, convenor of Parents’ Concern Group on National Education, said parents don’t know what to say to their children about why the police beat protesters.

Like many parents, Chan said she fears her children will grow up hating the police.

She criticized the Independent Police Complaints Council for failing to do its job and the government for hiding behind the police instead of directly dealing with political issues.

Several members of the pro-Beijing Peace Forum heckled the marchers, accusing them of abetting chaos. Another group had an altercation with the marchers outside police headquarters.

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