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Hong Kong: Opponents want commission on police violence

2019-09-07T07:14:14.980Z

The tension remains strong in Hong Kong. Three days after the announcement of the formal withdrawal of a bill on extradition, the protesters announce new actions this Saturday, September 7, around the airport. Opponents claim the bet ...



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A demonstrator controlled during a demonstration in Hong Kong, September 6. REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh

The tension remains strong in Hong Kong. Three days after the announcement of the formal withdrawal of a bill on extradition, the protesters announce new actions this Saturday, September 7, around the airport. Opponents demand the establishment of an independent commission on what they describe as "brutalities" committed by the police, especially during an intervention last weekend in a metro station in Hong Kong , near which gathered, several thousand people again this Friday night paralyzing part of downtown.

From our special correspondent in Hong Kong , Stéphane Lagarde

" They bring umbrellas to the front line ," describes Kim, a protester. " It's to protect yourself from rubber bullets from the police. They are firing tear gas in our direction, "says Angy.

Umbrellas speeding back to the front of the procession, traffic has been blocked for almost an hour on Nathan Road. Thousands of protesters have invaded the roadway. " We want the truth, " the barricades chanted.

Videos in question

The protesters also want footage of surveillance cameras from Prince Edward Station on Hong Kong's red metro line, where mobile riot police intervened last Saturday, August 31. Without these videos, it is impossible to stop the rumors that three wounded disappeared in the station, according to Angy and Kim, student of multimedia and history of art in the streets every weekend for three months .

See also: Hong Kong: pro-democracy denounce police violence in the subway

" We want the videotape, " says Angy. " We want the truth! Kim continues. " And we want the police who used the force disproportionately to be sentenced, " adds Angy. " Of course it's tiring, but we have to fight, because we are stealing freedom for Hong Kong and we want the truth, " adds Kim.

Cat and mouse game

9 pm Friday night, the iron curtains go down as the groups of protesters are spreading in the streets around. Then the protesters invite the inhabitants of the buildings above the stalls to close their windows to contain the tear gas. The firemen intervene on a barricade in flame. The police are not far away. " The police come to us! Angy says.

This time, Angy and Kim came to the rally without helmet and mask. They fear being arrested. " They stop people, and then they find your mask, where the protections for the demonstrations. And they think you're a rioter, "says Kim. " Anyway, they shoot people very closely, maybe within 10 meters. There is no protection against that, "says Angy.

The game of cat and mouse between police and protesters will last a part of the night. Flowers are deposited at the entrance of Prince Edward station where were arrested 63 people last Saturday. ATMs and gantries are damaged at Mong Kok Station just before it closes.

►Also read: Withdrawal of the Extradition Law in Hong Kong: dissatisfied opponents

At the announcement of the withdrawal of the extradition law on Wednesday, Carrie Lam rejected the idea of ​​an independent investigation into police violence, referring to the internal monitoring body of the Hong Kong police. The head of the executive also proposes to establish a platform for dialogue around the issues raised by the protesters.

Source: rfi

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