Avery Ng Man-yuen, chairman of the League of Social Democrats, said he and several other pro-democracy activists were assaulted by police officers while they were preparing to join the annual July 1 march, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
In a complaint lodged before the Wan Chai police headquarters, Ng said he and fellow protester Figo Chan were dragged into a police wagon after clashing with a pro-Beijing group during a flag-raising ceremony in Wan Chai on Saturday.
A photo taken by an hk01.com reporter shows Ng apparently being punched and his hair being pulled by police officers inside the police vehicle, the news website reported.
Ng said he decided to file a complaint after seeking legal opinion and he also went to a hospital for medical investigation.
Chan said investigation showed that he had sustained more than six injuries from the alleged police assault, and that he was still feeling pain in his ribs when he tried to raise his arms.
Police said they decided to take Ng and Chan to the police vehicle to avoid clashes between the two activists and pro-Beijing supporters.
Meanwhile, members of the pro-democracy group Demosistō said they were stopped by police officers from distributing leaflets on Saturday afternoon, and one of the officers even threatened to pull out his gun.
A police spokesperson denied the accusations.
Legislator Nathan Law said the incidents showed that police are using force without any reason and restraint.
He said he will raise the subject at an upcoming meeting of the Panel on Security at the Legislative Council and also write to the Security Bureau to call for an investigation of the incidents.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said citizens who thought they were unfairly treated by police officers should file complaints and the cases would be treated seriously.
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