Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor: The use of the cane can be fatal. Last weekend, 240 people were detained; 77 were arrested; 24 were taken to the hospital. Law enforcement officials accused of slipping Hong Kong into a "police state" and are branded a "dictatorship tool". An appeal by 200 firefighters against police violence.
Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - A young 27-year-old is hospitalized in intensive care with an evident cerebral hemorrhage. The young man, an anti-extradition movement demonstrator, has been at the Tuen Mun hospital since October 7, since he was arrested by the police. According to health sources he was hit by a heavy object in the head. Many suspect that the heavy object could be a stick, supplied to the police.
Director of Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor, Law Yuk-kai, said that some policemen hit the demonstrators in the head and this "could be fatal." "It is more than a single incident," he added. I am worried because it could become a systematic abuse ".
On October 6 and 7, tens of thousands of people paraded in many parts of the territory wearing masks, and challenging the ban imposed by a government emergency law. Since the law was imposed on October 5, police have arrested at least 240 people, of whom 77 have been arrested for wearing masks. At least 24 people were taken to hospital because they were injured.
Since the anti-extradition movement arose about 4 months ago, the police have been accused of excessive use of force and the protesters demand an independent investigation, which is continually denied by the government. At the same time extreme fringes of the movement use violence and vandalism.
The police are now accused of slipping Hong Kong into a "police state" and are branded as a "dictatorship tool". Today a platform of protesters, the Citizen's Press Conference, published an appeal by 200 firefighters who criticize the police because "on many occasions we have witnessed policemen braking, manipulating and even insulting firemen and medical personnel" who come to the rescue of the people during the events.
The reference is above all to what the police did on July 31 last, in the Prince Edward underground station, when dozens of officers beat, pepper sprayed and arrested demonstrators and passengers indiscriminately. For two hours the station was closed by the policemen, not even allowing the firemen to intervene.