10/14/2019, 15.03
HONG KONG – CHINA
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Now TV driver wounded, detained and beaten by Hong Kong police

by Paul Wang

He was brought to a staircase, his face slammed against a wall, his arms and legs hit with batons although he continued to shout that he was part of a TV crew. Eventually he was taken to a hospital after two hours. The Indonesian journalist who lost an eye will file a complaint against the police.

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Protest continued for the 19th weekend in a row in various parts of Hong Kong, including Tsang Kwan O, Kowloon Bay, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun, and Tsuen Wan.

In one incident, a police bean bag round hit a Now TV driver before he was arrested and beaten at the Mong Kok police station.

In the evening, groups of radical protesters blocked roads, hit shops and bank offices linked to China, and vandalised government offices and some Metro railway stations.

At 1.30 am, radical groups threw petrol bombs at the Mong Kok police station. Some local TV channels were filming the scene.

Lau, a driver for Now TV wearing a yellow press vest, was hit by a bean bag round and fell to the ground. After police handcuffed him, he was taken to the Mong Kok police station, even though a fellow journalist shouted to the police that Lau was one of Now TV's crew.

Lau was released two hours later and taken to the hospital. In a statement today, his employer said that its driver was brought to a staircase, his face pushed against a wall and his head, arm and leg beaten with batons. “He stated clearly he was a staff member for our station multiple times,” the news channel said.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian journalist who lost an eye to a police rubber bullet has decided to file a complaint against the police.

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