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Local TV news footage shows several Hong Kong police officers
carrying a social worker Ken Tsang Kin Chiu into a dark corner
and beating him for four minutes at 3:00 in the morning of the 15th.
It immediately caused outrage in Hong Kong and concern
in the international community.
The image of the HK police is hit hard again.
But some analysts indicate the frontline police are both physically
and mentally tired.
The Hong Kong government should take responsibility
and conduct active dialogue with the students.
Ken Tsang, a Civic Party member, has got injuries and bruises
around his eyes, forehead, under the neck, chest and back.
There are multiple circular wounds of about 2 cm diameter
which are suspected to be caused by batons.
Hong Kong police have confirmed seven police were involved
in the beating, including 2 police inspectors.
The territory’s security chief, Lai Tung-kwok, indicated
the officers involved in the “excessive” use of force
will be investigated.
Ken Tsang told BBC Chinese that he was restricted
from fighting back. He is seeking legal action against the police.
Occupy Central organizer Chan Kin Man: “It is lynching
in the name of law.
Ken Tsang had lost all capability to fight back for he was tied
up with a plastic handcuff.
Those police who carried him to a secluded corner and beat him
have violated the law, at least they have intentionally caused wounds.
I have called on the authorities to put those police
on suspension and detention for criminal investigation.”
Condemnations are heard around the world.
In the evening, hundreds of social workers marched to the
police headquarters to protest against police abuse of lynching,
the Hong Kong Federation of Students also held a rally
in Admiralty, shouting slogans, “arrest the police, we want justice.”
Chan Kin Man told Radio Free Asia that the demonstrators
have occupied the Lung Wo Road on the 14th night because
the Government would not concede.
In his view, Leung Chun-ying is the biggest roadblock
that obstructs justice.
The U.S. State Department urged a swift probe into the police
Mabel Au, Director of Amnesty International Hong Kong, said,
“It is stomach-churning to think there are Hong Kong police
officers that feel they are above the law.”
However, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao reported that the frontline
police are under great pressure and faced with emotions
that can be triggered quickly.
The report said the police are divided, one is that punishment
must be done in order to clean house;
and the other worries the punishment will only frustrate
further the emotions of frontline officers.
Hong Kong activist Yan Minhua: “I could see the frontline
police are exhausted.
People also have a very negative impression of the police.
Both mentally and physically,
I think the police will soon collapse.”
Lu Weiping, member of The Concerned Group for Investment
Rights of Hong Kong Businessmen in Mainland China,
indicates that the Hong Kong Government is to be blamed
for the assault by the police.
Lu Weiping: “Many of those practices have already been seen
in the Cultural Revolution, when the masses struggled
with each other and the government incited the struggle.
These students are really in a bad situation.
The Government needs to come up with a way to convince
the students to a dialogue and a way out.
Repetitive avoidance like what Leung Chun-yin is doing,
has the purpose to wear down the students.
This Government is already hopeless.”
Hong Kong Legislative Council is on the Motions for the
Adjournment of the Council on the 15th, debating the practices
between the Government and the police in handling public rallies
since Sept. 26.
Ip Kin-yuen, a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
for Education constituency, indicated that the police should not
be stuck in the middle, but the Government should take
the responsibility to resolve the issue from the political level.