Pretty scummy behaviour from the boys in blue. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... nesty-sayshttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... ts-amnesty
Hong Kong Police ‘Tortured’ and Beat Protesters, Amnesty Says
The new report alleges litany of abuses during recent unrest
Details of beatings could fuel more pro-democracy protestsBy Iain Marlow
(Bloomberg) -- Hong Kong police beat pro-democracy protesters in custody and committed acts that amount to “torture” during recent demonstrations, Amnesty International alleged in a new report that could fuel further unrest.
Police used “unnecessary and excessive force” in making arrests, beat a protester for declining to answer a question and then pinned him to the floor, shined laser pens in the eyes of people who had been detained, and threatened to electrocute a man’s genitals after he refused to unlock his phone, the human rights group said.
Amnesty said it released its findings after an investigation that included interviews with 21 arrested protesters, corroborating interviews with health care workers who treated demonstrators, and lawyers representing people who had been detained. Out of 21 protesters interviewed, 18 were hospitalized for injuries or illnesses related to their arrest and detention, the group said, adding that it also reviewed medical records.
The Hong Kong Police said it would not comment on individual cases. In a statement released to Bloomberg News, it said police officers would give warning of their intention to use force when circumstances allowed. Officers are required to use a “high level of restraint at all times,” it said.
The rights group said it shared its findings with the Hong Kong Commissioner of Police on Sept. 18, but had not yet received a response. Contacted on Thursday, police didn’t have an immediate comment.
The group, which also shared its research with several members of the city’s Legislative Council, said it was publicizing its findings anyway given the “gravity of the abuses,” escalating violence on both sides and the possibility the “situation could deteriorate further in the coming weeks” ahead of protests planned to coincide with the Oct. 1 anniversary of 70 years of Communist rule in China.
Police have previously defended their tactics as necessary against radical protesters who have thrown bricks and petrol bombs at riot police over the course of often-violent demonstrations that have included the vandalizing of subway stops and the setting ablaze of street barricades.
Chief Executive Carrie Lam this week defended her government and police from allegations of improper behavior, saying the administration condemns all violence and all judicial proceedings were conducted in an “impartial manner.”
Further protests are expected this weekend, including another so-called “stress test” of the international airport’s transportation network.
“The evidence leaves little room for doubt – in an apparent thirst for retaliation, Hong Kong’s security forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of reckless and unlawful tactics against people during the protests,” Nicholas Bequelin, its East Asia director, said in a statement. “This has included arbitrary arrests and retaliatory violence against arrested persons in custody, some of which has amounted to torture.”
The Amnesty report also alleges that:
In several cases, protesters were “severely beaten in custody and suffered other ill-treatment amounting to torture.” Many required hospitalization.
Some violence appears to have been “meted out as ‘punishment’ for talking back or appearing uncooperative.” Some arrested demonstrators were zip-tied and had their gas masks removed, and forced to sit in areas where tear gas was repeatedly being fired. One person was taken to a separate room by officers after refusing to answer a question, beaten, and then held to the ground by an officer’s knee. He was later hospitalized with a bone fracture and internal bleeding. Several detained protesters had laser pointers shined directly into their eyes -- after people shined laser pens at officers during protests. Officers hit demonstrators with batons or fists while making arrests, “even when they were not resisting” or were already restrained. One was hospitalized with a fractured rib.