People want govt answer for a lot more than the five demands

August 27, 2019 11:23
Protesters gather at Victoria Park in Causeway Bay on Aug. 18. Apart from responding to the people's five demands, the government should also give detailed explanations about several incidents involving the police. Photo: Bloomberg

As Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yue-ngor works aggressively to build her dialogue platform, public calls for the government to respond positively to their five demands are also mounting.

Apart from the five demands, however, I believe the authorities also owe the public detailed explanations for the following controversial incidents:

1. During the attacks against commuters and passers-by at the MTR station and the surrounding area in Yuen Long on July 21, the entire place descended into a state of anarchy, but the police didn’t arrive at the scene until after the attacks had been going on for 39 minutes. So what actually happened?

The police have so far pressed rioting charges against four Yuen Long attackers, but no one involved in the series of similar cases of violence in North Point and Tsuen Wan that followed shortly afterwards has ever been prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

2. Several police officers who disguised themselves as protesters, didn’t carry their identification numbers and refused to show their warrant cards, were arresting protesters in Causeway Bay.

3. A young female was seriously injured in the right eye, apparently by a bean bag round fired by the police in Tsim Sha Tsui, and could end up being blind. Do headshots fired by the police against protesters constitute any violation of international treaties?

4. In late June, a 62-year-old man was subjected to torture at the North District Hospital in a case involving three police officers. It wasn’t until after the man’s family had sought help from Democratic Party lawmaker Lam Cheuk-ting in early August that the incident finally came to light.

5. During the clearance operations on Aug. 11, police used disproportionate force in trying to subdue and arrest protesters, many of whom were virtually covered in blood while being pressed to the ground by the officers.

Then finally, a series of lethal assaults and arson cases has taken place at Lennon Walls, causing ordinary citizens to fear for their safety.

This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on Aug 22

Translation by Alan Lee

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