Date
25 May 2017
A Ming Pao reporter is beaten up by police officers. Pro-establishment legislator Ann Chiang (inset) said it was not surprising for police to hit journalists by mistake. Photos: Initium Media/Facebook, CNSA
A Ming Pao reporter is beaten up by police officers. Pro-establishment legislator Ann Chiang (inset) said it was not surprising for police to hit journalists by mistake. Photos: Initium Media/Facebook, CNSA

Not surprising for police to hit reporters, says DAB lawmaker

It’s not surprising for journalists covering the Mong Kok clashes earlier this week to be hit by police officers who thought they were among those violating the law, a pro-establishment lawmaker said.

Legislator Ann Chiang Lai-wan, from the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), said because of the dim surroundings and all the excitement, it was possible that police officers could have hit the wrong persons by mistake, Apple Daily reported on Friday.

Chiang was responding to reporters’ questions about police officers who were caught on camera beating up a reporter and throwing bricks back at the protesters.

She agreed that there should be an official investigation into the incident.

Chiang also voiced suspicion that some of the protesters were paid to stir up chaos. When asked where she got the information, she said she only heard of such rumors.

Fellow lawmaker Elizabeth Quat Pui-fan, also from DAB, said she is asking the Legislative Council to invite government officials to answer questions regarding the Mong Kok clashes.

Quat also said her party has set up over 100 street stations to collect people’s signatures to condemn the violence in Mong Kok.

The Legco has scheduled a three-day period starting next Wednesday for a debate on the Motion of Thanks with regard to this year’s policy address by Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Ceajer Chan Ka-keung said the Mong Kok clashes were unfortunate, adding that anyone familiar with Hong Kong would be shocked by the violence.

Chan said he noticed that a small group of citizens have developed a tendency for violence and he strongly condemned any violent action.

Meanwhile, Ming Pao Daily reported that video clips of the clashes showed its reporter being hit on the head with batons more than 10 times by at least five police officers.

The Hong Kong Journalists Association and the Ming Pao Staff Association have written to Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung, demanding a criminal investigation into the incident.

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