Date
25 March 2017
A youth localist organization has posted a video that shows a senior police officer exchanging angry words with some group members. Photo: Facebook/Studentlocalism
A youth localist organization has posted a video that shows a senior police officer exchanging angry words with some group members. Photo: Facebook/Studentlocalism

Police officer objects to being filmed by student activist

Studentlocalism, a group founded earlier this year to promote the cause of localism among Hong Kong’s student community, has uploaded a video clip that shows a fierce exchange of words between some of its members and a police superintendent.

In the two-minute clip that was posted on the group’s Facebook page last Friday, police officers could been stopping purported Studentlocalism members and asking them for their identity cards.

A police superintendent, meanwhile, approaches a youth who was manning an exhibition booth. The officer asks the young man as to how long the booth will be in operation and what is its intended purpose, standnews.com reported.

The senior police officer then orders the youth to stop filming with his smartphone.

“Put down the phone! Have you got my consent for filming me?” the officer asks, in the incident that reportedly took place in Tuen Mun.

The young man, identified as a Studentlocalism member, replies that he is within his rights to record the events and that he doesn’t need the consent of the officer, standnews reported on its website.

“We need photographic evidence, in case anything bad happens later,” the student says.

The police officer then says: “Don’t point your camera at me, ok? Do you understand?”

The student explains that he was filming to protect himself as he is worried that he could be framed with false criminal charges.

The police officer then goes on to say, “I’m the most senior officer here. Why would I need to frame charges on you? Do you think I have to do that?”

Studentlocalism, which was founded in April, is dedicated to promoting localism and Hong Kong independence among the student community.

According to 852post.com, there were fewer than 10 students at the exhibition booth in Tuen Mun on Friday, but there were an equal number of police officers and three police vans at the scene.

Under the Public Order Ordinance, police notification is required only for public meetings involving more than 50 people and for public processions of more than 30 persons.

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