They were like caring mothers protecting their children.
That’s how Police Commissioner Andy Tsang described the action of female police officers during the scuffles between protesting students and members of the opposing camp in Mong Kok on Oct. 3, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.
The confrontations, which started in the afternoon and continued deep into the night, resulted in many of the young protesters sustaining injuries.
The incident prompted the Hong Kong Federation of Students to discontinue its dialogue with government representatives on how to end the political standoff amid charges that police had turned a blind eye to triad gangsters’ involvement in the scuffles.
Tsang said he was deeply touched when he saw female police officers protecting the Occupy students with their bodies and keeping them out of harm’s way.
When asked if it was against the “minimum force” protocol when police officers repeatedly hit protesters with their batons, Tsang did not answer the question directly, adding that the police had no intention to hurt anyone.
Tsang said protesters should never have charged police lines or used any violence against the officers.
Hitting out at Tsang’s comments, Scholarism convenor Joshua Wong said on his Facebook page: “My mother would not hit me with a police baton!”
Lawmaker Leung Kwok-hung, also known as Long Hair, said the officers did not act like caring mothers, but more like wicked stepmothers who beat up children.
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