黃宇軒 (Sampson)

黃宇軒 (Sampson)

英國曼徹斯特大學地理系博士,香港土生土長的城市研究者、藝術家及獨立策展人。

2019/7/8 - 21:09

16 serious offenses committed by Hong Kong Police Department (HKPD), the police force and the government must be held accountable.

2019 年 7 月 7 日晚,旺角警民衝突

2019 年 7 月 7 日晚,旺角警民衝突

(編按:此為翻譯組為黃宇軒原文翻譯的英文稿)

Hong Kong police went through a series of rampages starting from 7 pm July 7th, 2019 until the early hours of the 8th. A vast number of police officers intentionally acted in violation of the Police General Orders (PGO) in a totally out-of-control manner. Police were deployed to evict journalists by force, and as a result, a number of legislative council members and journalists were injured. Numerous cases of police brutality were filmed within a few hours. The public opinion starts to develop, holding the view that Hong Kong seemed to turn into a “police state” during this period of time and lost its control in a way that was rarely seen even in authoritarian countries: the police went berserk as if they were starting a coup. With a dire situation as such,  the Hong Kong police force and Hong Kong government must clarify whether these acts of gangster-like violence, which were witnessed by hundreds of thousands of citizens through live broadcast,. were officially sanctioned by them. 

1.  The protestors did not charge the police cordon line throughout the night and marched peacefully along Nathan Road. There were even many protestors, together with passersby who did not participate in the demonstration, remained on the pavement.   However, the police falsely claimed that the masses were illegally assembled, urged citizens to leave and blocked the streets arbitrarily.  On the other hand, when the public were trying to leave, the police blocked  their route and attacked them with batons. The police deliberately attacked the public throughout the night, even though the protestors were not equipped with any basic protective clothing.

2. Citizens who were unable to leave remained peaceful and made no attempt to resist.  However, they were brought to the ground by the police and arrested after being beaten up very badly.  Passersby were also subdued and choke held by more than a dozen police officers for no reason. In one case, a female passers-by, who only stood still with a bottle of water in her hand, was attacked by a dozen of police officers and forced to the ground for no reason.

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3. The police stormed into a fast-food restaurant to pursue and arrest the civilians. Meanwhile, they cordoned the venue and refused to let  the journalists to record what was happening inside. Similar situation occurred everywhere and the police repeatedly denied entry of journalists into the scene of arrest operations.

4. Numerous civilians in the Mongkok area, who did not participate in the protest, were reprimanded, slammed and dispersed by the police with  batons and anti-riot shields.

5. A large number of police officers wearing helmets and anti-riot gears at the scene did not have a warrant card.  Upon enquiry, they proclaimed "the police do not need to show the warrant card upon exercising duties."

6. When citizens tried to shout and stop the violent attack of police,  some of their officers replied, “Recognize me you X” and “fight me then!”

7. Some police officers refused to let people to depart when they expressed their will to leave, and said that “I have been fooled around by you for the entire night.''

8. Some police officers wearing tactical vests for anti-riot operation had put their Unique Identification (UI) number on yellow or white label.  However, some officers wearing the same uniform deliberately flipped the paper inside out to hide their UI numbers.

9. There were cases that after the protestors were taken onto the police vehicle, it lit off immediately.  In some other cases, curtains were drawn after the protestors were taken onto private vehicles. The police deliberately prevented the journalists and citizens from knowing what happened on these vehicles.

10.  When there were only journalists left on the spot, the police drove them to Hak Po Street, reprimanded them for “walking too slow” and kept jostling.   This almost caused stampede and some reporters fell on the ground.    The police also attacked the reporters actively with batons.The reporters were pushed and shoved numerous times by a large number of police officers

11 Jeremy Tam Man-ho, member of the Legislative Council (LegCo), was also pushed and shoved by the police with long shield. Some police at the cordon line called him to "Get the hell out of here!".  Another LegCo member Roy Kwong Chun-yu was also scolded by many police officers, and was also called to "Get the hell out of here!”. LegCo member Au Nok-hin were also scolded and pushed by police a number of times.

12. Police repeatedly pointing strong flashlights at the reporters’ face.

13. When members of the public asked the police to calm down, [a policeman/the police] shouted "I am never calm!".

14. Police had sent representatives to tell media, "there will not be any fight tonight, nothing you want to see will happen".

15. After the police cleared the scene, a number of police vehicles did U-turns over a pedestrian refuge,  endangering the lives of passersby. Police expelled pedestrians, who were waiting to cross the road, from the refuge island, and allowed  police vehicles to continue making U-turns at the refuge island. 

16. An individual who left a cinema and walked along the pavement was arbitrarily reprimanded by the police. Police failed to provide any explanation but shouted at individuals.