A young woman who sustained a serious eye injury during clashes between police and anti-government protesters nearly three weeks ago said she wished that no more people would be injured or arrested in the ongoing anti-extradition bill movement.
In a video clip played in a “civil press conference” held by some protesters on Thursday, the woman, wearing a face mask and sunglasses with her right eye covered with gauze, said she is now fine after receiving treatment, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
The woman was said to have been hit in the right eye with a bean bag round fired by the police during dispersal operations in Tsim Sha Tsui on Aug. 11.
The incident fueled widespread condemnation of what has been described as “excessive use of force” by the police against protesters. It also spurred protesters to stage sit-ins at the airport, causing its unprecedented closure and disrupting hundreds of flights.
In the video footage, the woman did not say what caused her injury and the condition of her injured eye, but expressed gratitude to people in Hong Kong and around the world for their concern and support and for inspiring her to “live the rest of my life with strength and resilience”.
She gave special thanks to the medical staff who “graciously and attentively” took care of her.
Following the incident, staff from several public hospitals staged silent protests against “police brutality” and “abuse of power”.
The woman in the footage called on the police to stop all violent acts against Hong Kong citizens and “honor their professional responsibility to enforce the law”.
She also accused Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor of conniving with the police force and Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung of opening the door for the police force to “descend from a team of disciplined service that was supposed to uphold the rule of law and protect lives” into an organization “with the intent to murder, mutilate and assault their very own citizens”.
“You’ve failed Hong Kong, which has always strived to become the world’s safest and stablest society, and her people,” she said.
Towards the end of video clip, the woman compared her right eye, though injured, to that of Horus, the ancient deity in Egyptian mythology whose right eye was “an ancient symbol of protection” and “source of power to fight the evil”.
She said it is her hope that her injured eye would help Hongkongers stay away from pain and defeat evil.
She concluded by imploring the government to respond positively to the public’s five demands.
Chief Superintendent John Tse Chun-chung of the Police Public Relations Branch told a press briefing on Thursday afternoon that the force had tried to contact the woman and her family through the Hospital Authority in the hope of being provided with more information, but no response was received.
Tse said what exactly caused her eye injury remains unknown, and therefore it is incorrect to say at this stage that the police were responsible for her injury.
Police also said they are seeking a court warrant to obtain the woman’s medical records.
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