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Violence in Hong Kong: the translated evidence

Hong Kong Democracy Now is a voluntary working group translating videos and articles to support international media coverage of Hong Kong’s civil disobedience movement.  They are maintaining an updated list of verified sources detailing police brutality.

Volunteers of Hong Kong Democracy Now
7 October 2014

For the attention of media correspondents reporting on Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Movement’: what follows is a list of sources with translations, regarding the Hong Kong police force and the legitimisation of violence against peaceful protesters.

Provocative mob action

Suspicious mobs started intervening in the peaceful protests on 3 October in the district of Mong Kok, attempting to plunder essential supplies. A large group of masked men threatened protesters with iron bars and destroyed medical supplies. While the police had earlier subjected the protesters to pepper spray and tear gas, they did not intervene in this round of violence.

The following video shows the destruction of a first aid station outside Mong Kok HSBC by mobs: 

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Post by SocREC 社會記錄頻道.

(0:20) The boy in black glasses: "you are even destroying the first aid station". (0:24) Man in white glasses: "you are wrong to put (the station) here". (0:28) The boy replies: "I will tell the police." He tries to protect the first aid station. (0:50) An inspector appears at the spot, merely separating people. (1:04) The mob keeps destroying the station, witnessed by the inspector. (1:11) The inspector pats the shoulder of a mob member in the blue shirt. The inspector does not arrest anyone.

Female protesters threatened by sexual assault

Female protesters have become a target for sexual assault in Mong Kok and Causeway Bay. The following is a video detailing police indifference to anti-democracy demonstrators who assaulted a female Occupy protester in Mong Kok: 

The woman is robbed and sexually assaulted by two anti-Occupy demonstrators as she films them in Mong Kok. Policemen arrived to simply let the assailants go without any investigation.

Police violence

The police have been witnessed refusing to help the injured and harassed. Some police have been seen escorting provocateurs without pressing charges. At other times they have engaged in violence themselves. The following video shows police attacking with steel batons:

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Post by 香港專上學生聯會(學聯).

Citizens are attacked with steel batons. Other policemen respond with foul language.

Mobs physically abuse protesters

Mobs have violently assaulted protesters in the occupied areas, while police have been late to arrive on the scene. The following video shows protesters drenched in blood after a mob beating:

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