Po­lice of­fi­cers beaten by HK pro­test­ers

Two of­fi­cers were seen with bloody head wounds as col­leagues shielded them from fur­ther at­tacks

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Hong Kong, China - ev­ery­where, from graf­fiti daubed on walls to huge fences sur­round­ing gov­ern­ment build­ings.

The city’s po­lice force is now loathed by large swathes of the city, heck­led by crowds both at protest sites and in their lo­cal neigh­bour­hoods.

Crit­ics ac­cuse po­lice of us­ing ex­ces­sive force, with no po­lice of­fi­cer dis­ci­plined or pun­ished in the last seven months of protests.

Po­lice of­fi­cials say they have used force com­men­su­rate with the lev­els of vi­o­lence they face from hard­core pro­test­ers who rou­tinely throw bricks and petrol bombs. The force has blamed vi­ral so­cial me­dia videos of of­fi­cers mak­ing hard ar­rests and me­dia cov­er­age for their plum­met­ing rep­u­ta­tion among the city’s in­hab­i­tants.

Among key de­mands of the protest move­ment are an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry into the po­lice, an amnesty for 7,000 peo­ple ar­rested and fully free elec­tions.

Bei­jing and lo­cal leader Car­rie Lam have re­fused fur­ther con­ces­sions and de­fended po­lice tac­tics.

(AFP)

Peo­ple cover their faces af­ter po­lice­men fire tear gas to dis­perse the crowd at Chater Gar­den in Hong Kong on Sun­day

(AFP)

Po­lice fires tear gas to dis­perse a crowd gath­ered for a rally at Chater Gar­den in Hong Kong on Sun­day

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